Joseph Keckler
An Informal Evening with

Joseph Keckler

January 01 - October 28, 2021

This event occurred as part of the 21/22 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

The multifaceted singer and writer shares a glimpse of his new work.

21/22 Hop Presents


With a powerful voice and sharp prose, the NYC-based polymath artist delivers stirring songs and bizarrely heroic operatic monologues. In the words of one critic, Keckler's songs and stories "dance between comedy, commentary and communion."

Joined by pianist Matthew Dean Marsh, the intensely original artist will present highlights from his body of work. The evening will include excerpts from a work-in-progress collection of songs and reflections, currently titled Book of Life

The composer, writer and musician will be in residence at the Hop next week, cooking up new work, and bringing his inimitable style to class visits in the Department of Theater and a masterclass with the Dartmouth Opera Lab.

Joseph Keckler: Tiny Desk (Home) Concert

This performance contains adult themes. Photography and video recording is not allowed.

Generously supported by the Marion and Frederick B. Whittemore '53, T'54 Distinguished Artist Series Fund and the Nathan W. Pearson 1932 and Sons Fund

Photo: Dominic M. Mercier

Learn more about Keckler's 2021-22 Residency at the Hop >

Joseph Keckler
Joseph Keckler is a singer, musician and writer. He has been presented by NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, Lincoln Center, Centre Pompidou, Adult Swim Fest, Opera Philadelphia, London's Soho Theatre, SXSW, and he toured the U.S. as the national support act for Sleater-Kinney in 2019. His writing has appeared in publications such as Vice and McSweeney's, and in 2018 Turtle Point Press published his first collection, Dragon at the Edge of a Flat World. He has created several evening-length performance pieces including the critically acclaimed Train With No Midnight, commissioned by Beth Morrison for Prototype and published in Yale Theater Magazine.  He is currently working on new films and recordings. Learn more about Joseph >

Matthew Dean Marsh
Matthew Dean Marsh is a composer, performer, and writer based in New York City. Marsh's collaboration with David Cale, We're Only Alive for A Short Amount of Time, recently made its debut at The Public and Goodman Theaters, winning the Jeff Award for Best New Musical. He also worked as an associate musical director on Broadway's Beetlejuice while it was in development. Marsh's original musical adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet was commissioned by Lincoln Center Education and Psittacus Productions. His original soul-folk adaptation of Mother Courage was commissioned by the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Learn more about Matthew >

“Mr. Keckler is an operatic singer whose range shatters the conventional boundaries of classical singing.”

The New York Times

“The man behind the voice has the sensibility of a magician, a trickster’s dark humor and a formidable musical and literary erudition.”

The New York Times
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