Athens Boys Choir
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Press Quotes:
“No one since Ani Difranco has taken the power of the
English language and put it to such good use.”
Young Gay American Magazine - Feb/March 2005

“Anybody who loves the poetry slam scene or ever dreamed of being a Sister Spit groupie will appreciate the Athens Boys Choir”
Girlfriends Magazine – Dec/Jan. 2005

“…amazing satirical wit that burrows its way into the listeners brain.”
Mom Guess What – 12.15.05

“With apologies to Alix Olson, spoken word has never been
quite this good.” - Curve Nov. 2004

“Katz avoids falling into the common spoken-word trap…and instead uses engaging wordplay, razor-sharp wit, and hip-hop rhythms”
Out Magazine – Jan. 2006

“...airing our culture's dirty laundry with infectious,
stream-of-consciousness rapping.”
- Frontiers Magazine - Nov. 2004

“Katz has the nuance of an old soul when he does his thing. With the inclusion of class, culture, and race dynamics in transgender politics, Katz makes room for the evolution of a movement. He doesn't shy away from questioning his own community and remembers that humor broadens the most narrow minds. This self aware spoken word artist has potential to be a leader to his generation of queers and a bridge to an older generation if they are willing to listen.”
- Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) July 2005


- various


Discography

2003: Athens Boys Choir “A Classical Duet” – Self-released
2004: Athens Boys Choir “Rhapsody in T” – Daemon Records
2005: Athens Boys Choir “Rose Cuts the Cake” – Self-released
2006: Artist on Feminist Outlawz Compilation
2007: Athens Boys Choir "Jockstraps and Unicorns" released on Twinkle Toes Records
2007: Artist on Athfest Compilation
2007: Featured poet in "Word Warriors" - a Seal press Anthology of poets.
2008: "Fagette" video released for national airplay
fall 2008: anticipated release date for Athens Boys Choir's newest CD.

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Ok, the name Athens Boys Choir can be a bit deceiving, but you can’t blame a Jewish Transsexual man living in the Deep South for having a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. So Harvey Katz, the Choir’s now solo member, travels the country speaking “the good word”; throwing down hard hitting spoken-word and homo-hop that promises to razzle-dazzle.

Katz’s spokenword is raw, unapologetic, witty, and soulful. As Out Magazine wrote in 2006, “Katz avoids falling into the common spoken-word trap…and instead uses engaging wordplay, razor-sharp wit, and hip-hop rhythms.” He has had the honor of sharing the stage with such artists as Ani Difranco, Indigo Girls, Bitch, The Butchies, Danielle Howle, and Michelle Malone. He has also opened for poets of HBO’s Def Poetry Jam on more than one occasion.

Being a out Transsexual, Katz’s spokenword often becomes a platform for education and activism, but all work and no play makes for one intense performance so he lets loose with sarcasm and pop culture references. There is also a multi-media aspect of the show with videos featuring Barbara Streisand, Roller-dancing, Jane Fonda workout moves, and more.

Athens Boys Choir has been touring nationally since 2003, performing for audiences that are becoming more diverse everyday. From college campuses to Sports bars to high capacity venues, Katz has the unusual skill of transforming the skeptical into spoken-word loving, transsexual embracing, Athens Boys Choir fans.. With four CD's already out and a non-stop tour schedule, Katz/The Athens Boys Choir has established himself as a force in the spoken-word/queer/pop culture/homo -hop movement; you choose how it moves you. (www.athensboyschoir.com)