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Our Rhythm Documentary: Baltimore, featuring Shodekeh.

"A Baltimore taste of the major motion picture project Our Rhythm, & an idea of what this worldwide experience will be, recently screened at TEDxPittsburgh, 2017." - Our Rhythm.

Dubscience Films: Beatbox & Ballet Ft. Shodekeh Talifero (Short Film).

"Starting his photojournalistic grind at many of the events that are part of the city’s underground arts/entertainment/culture scene, “Dubscience” found a home in the world of performance photography, capturing classic images of incredible area artists doing their thing on stages across the city." - Dubscience Photography & Film.

Tuvan Throat Singing | Alash & Shodekeh @ TEDxBaltimore, 2016.

"TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world." - TED Talks.

The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Take-Out Sessions, with Shodekeh + Classical Revolution present live musical reinterpretations of Felix Mendelssohn's "A Midsummer Night’s Dream" @ The Crown, 2014.

"Usually the BSO eats-in, but sometimes we like to dish up some classical take-out! Join members of the Baltimore Symphony, Classical Revolution Baltimore , and professional beat boxer Shodekeh for the ultimate Mendelssohn jam sessions. Challenge your musical taste buds as they riff off the score from the BSO’s upcoming production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream." - The Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.

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Immersion: Ethnomusicology, Ambassadorship & Traditional Explorations Around The World.

Current cultural affiliations through active board membership: The Asian Arts & Culture Center of Towson University, the Baltimore Sister Cities Program (Baltimore-Kawasaki & Baltimore-Liberia) & the Maryland Folklife Center Feasibility Committee.

Previous Board Memberships: The Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance (2012-2017).

Kinesis: Music For Movement & Dance.

Current Professional Dance Affiliations: Musician & Composer in residence of the Towson University Department of Dance (2006 - 2018) & the Department of Dance at NYU Tisch School For the Arts for the Fall Semester of 2017.

Previous Dance Collaborations: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company. Paul Taylor American Modern Dance. Shen Wei Dance Arts. Liz Lerman.

Museum Danger: Film, Art & Visual Interpretations of the Human Beatbox.

Current Film & Visual Work: Shodekeh is actively one of seven musicians/subjects featured in the major motion picture documentary "Our Rhythm", now currently shooting in Brazil, which also had it's first major trailer screening this year at the 2017 TEDxPittsburgh.

The 5th Element: The Timeless Traditions of Hip Hop, Beatboxing & B-Boy Subculture in the 21st Century.

Previous Hip Hop Collaborations: KRS-ONE. DJ Q-Bert. The American Beatbox Championships. DOA. Kenny Muhammad: The Human Orchestra.

Shyngyrash: Traditional Tuvan Throat Singing + Human Beatbox Fusions in the 21st Century.

Current Musical Affiliations with Traditional Tuvan Folk Music & Throat Singing: Beatboxer / Vocal Percussionist of Alash, represented by Myriad Artists.

Active Cultural Liaison to the Tuvan Cultural Center & the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tuva.

Coda: Classical Music + Hip Hop Fusions in the 21st Century.

Current professional & musical affiliations with Classical Music / Repertoire: Beatboxer & Cultural Ambassador of Classical Revolution.

Upcoming Classical / Symphonic performances & presentations: The Columbia Orchestra (January 2018) & the Hopkins Symphony Orchestra (March 2018).

Former board member of Rhymes With Opera.

Jazz/Age: A Non-Linear Tribute Through Hip Hop + Beatboxing in the 21st Century.

  • Lafayette Gilchrist & Shodekeh. Photo by Wendel Patrick, 2015.

    "On Sunday evening, the regular rhythm section was joined by special guest Shodekeh, Baltimore's beatbox specialist extraordinaire. His inventive vocal percussion added a new level of complexity that markedly enhanced the material. And when he took a solo, he held his own with any of the jazz soloists on stage." - The City Paper, "Lafayette Gilchrist and the New Volcanoes impressively blend jazz and go-go at the Windup Space."
  • Ethel Gives Thanks: Ethel Ennis, featuring Shodekeh & the Stef Sciaggari Trio at the Creative Alliance, November 27th, 2010.

    "Shodekeh performed with Ethel Ennis and her trio at the Creative Alliance last year. "I'd had my eye on her for awhile," he says. "She has a lot of musical tricks up her sleeve. It took Ethel out of her comfort zone," says her husband, Earl Arnett. But it was improvisation, and I've done a lot of that over the years," adds Ennis. "You know, beatboxing is really just a new name for something that's very old." - Baltimore Magazine.
  • Shodekeh & Towson University Jazz Major/Saxophonist Liam Hurlbut @ Towson University, 2014. Photo by Olivia Mika.

    "Towson is recognized as one of the finest music programs in Maryland. Our programs in music education, performance, composition, and jazz draw outstanding students who pursue successful careers in music." - Towson University Department of Music.
  • Jazz & Soul vocalist Navasha Daya & Shodekeh, in conversation during Embody, a series of the Vocal Arts, 2016.

    "Called an “Astral Soul Goddess” by the prestigious UK publication Mojo Magazine, Navasha Daya is an exceptionally gifted and seasoned singer, songwriter, producer, musician, performing arts curator, certified holistic wellness practitioner, and spiritual and cultural arts activist who from childhood was inspired and encouraged to use her voice and talents to uplift others and inspire change." - Navasha Daya.
  • The Treme Brass Band, Benny Jones Sr. & special guest Shodekeh @ the American Folk Festival in Bangor, Maine, 2016.

    "New Orleans' legendary Treme Brass Band has played traditional New Orleans brass band music for decades and is loved all around the world. The musicians of Treme Brass Band are survivors. Treme Brass Band gained fans around the world via the HBO show "Treme" as well as appearances in Spike Lee's documentary "When The Levees Broke" and the popular television show NCIS New Orleans on CBS." - The Treme Brass Band.
  • Jazz Diaspora: Shodekeh performing with the legendary New Orleans Pianist Henry Butler & New Orleans Musical Ambassador Lilian Boutté @ the Conference on World Affairs Jazz Concert, 2009.

    "After watching Shodekeh perform in Colorado, Chicago Sun-Times critic Roger Ebert later wrote about the experience in his online journal: “He picked up a mike, and I assumed he was a vocalist. Well, in a way he was. Shodekeh is a percussionist who plays his body as his instrument. He's the only percussion section I've ever seen with choreography.” - The Maryland State Arts Council.
  • Michael Mwenso & the Shakes, featuring Shodekeh.

    "Whether fulfilling the role of vocalist, emcee, showman, or impresario, Michael Mwenso conveys both the sophistication and spontaneity of hardcore jazz and the music’s folkloric roots with impeccable craft, creativity, and communicative flair. Most frequently, Mwenso performs as leader—or ringleader—of Michael Mwenso and The Shakes, a revue comprising between three to five vocalists and a rotating ensemble that includes rising stars like drummers Joe Saylor and Jamison Ross." - Michael Mwenso.
  • Marc Avon Evans & Shodekeh @ Be Free Fridays, 2016.

    "Marc A. Evans, a native Baltimorean, was born into music. Yet amazingly, this son of a vocalist and jazz saxophonist didn't discover his own music until his late teens. Finally, as a student at Morgan State University, under the tutelage of Dr. Nathan Carter, Evans began nurturing a love for music. Out of that nurturing arises one of the most sultry, smoky baritones ever." - Marc Avon Evans.
  • Jazz Drummer, Vocalist & Composer Erik Kennedy & Shodekeh.

    "Eric Kennedy, a Baltimore native, is a drummer, vocalist, percussionist, educator and composer. Eric’s introduction to all styles of music and early music training was initiated by his musical relatives, who also cultivated his love of jazz. Eric continued his arts education at the Baltimore School for the Arts studying classical percussion and voice with Baltimore Symphony Orchestra percussionist John Locke, Donna Di Stefano and the late Dr. Nathan Carter and Ms. Jewel Churn of Frederick Douglass HIgh School." - Eric Kennedy.

Black Larynx: Dynamics + Vodalities of Musical Experiments, Existentials & Extremophiles.

Biomusicology: The Scientific Explorations, Theories & Research of the Human Beatbox.

Upcoming science related work & research: Beatbox Algebra, led by guest lecturer Shodekeh @ Johns Hopkins University, January, 2018.

Previous science related work & collaborations: The Research Remix @ Johns Hopkins University. NASA Goddard. The Maryland STEM Festival. This Week In Science.

Historiography: For Whom It Stands, Untold Stories of the Flag & the American People. Music Researcher & Curator in residence of the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Smithsonian Affiliate, 2013 - 2015.

Geneological Research. Lift Every Voice & Sing. Black Business Experiment, 2014. The Upton Mansion. Conceptual Time Capsule of the year 2100. Tu-Wa Moja. Dynamics of Existential Sustainability.

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