CHIC STREET MAN
"As the country looks for solutions...the example of Chic Street Man is on view." -- Colman McCarthy, THE WASHINGTON POST
Chic travels extensively performing at clubs, festivals, colleges and universities, theaters, special events, high schools, middle schools, and even elementary schools. His lyrics focus on the positive alternatives while entertaining in a spirited manner. Chic's music transcends cultural and attitudinal barriers, bringing home his message of racial harmony and ethnic diversity through acoustic bluesy ballads, funky rhythms and jazzy upbeat originals.
Chic recorded his first album, "Growing Up", in Paris, France in 1975. He toured throughout France and later landed in Santa Barbara, CA where he founded Chic Street Man's School of Performing Arts. In 1987 Chic recorded his second album, "Make It Thru The Night". Chic was the Artistic Director of the Boston production of the international play, "Peace Child", touring with the company in Russia and Poland. He was a featured performer at the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York for the International Day of Peace. Chic gave benefit concerts for the United Nations Human Rights Center in Geneva. He was a featured performer at the 1991 Paleo Festival, the 1992 Montreux Jazz Festival and the 1993 and 2002 Bern Jazz festival in Switzerland. In 1994 he released two albums, "Guns Away" and "Everybody Be Yo'self". In 1996 he released his fifth album, "Beau-ti-ful". In 2002, "Lullablues".
"With a voice like an angel's - think Aaron Neville, only more so - Chic Street Man could sing stock-market reports and still enthrall." - Moira McCormick, BILLBOARD MAGAZINE
Chic composed the music and starred in the off-Broadway hit show, "Spunk", adapted by George C. Wolfe from three short stories by Zora Neale Hurston and performed at the New York Shakespeare Festival, The Crossroads Theater in New Jersey, The Royal Court in London, The Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, The Berkeley and Seattle Repertory Theaters and The Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He received a 1990 Audelco Award and a 1992 NAACP Theater Arts Award for his music and performance in "Spunk". Chic also composed the music for "Permutations", a segment of PBS's "Great Performances" presentation of George C. Wolfe's "The Colored Museum". In 1994 Chic composed the score and starred in the Berkeley Repertory Theater's production of "The Caucasian Chalk Circle". He was a contributing author, performer and musical arranger for the Denver Center Theater Company's "It Ain't Nothin' But The Blues" in 1995 and toured with the show in 2004 in Arizona, Kansas City and Seattle. In the year 2000 Chic composed the score for the Alabama Shakespeare Festival's world premiere of "A Lesson Before Dying". In that same year Chic composed the score and was the featured performer in the Cleveland Playhouse's world premiere of "Touch The Names"-Letters to The Vietnam Veteran's Memorial. In 2002 Chic wrote an d performed "A Black History of The Blues" for the Smithsonian in Washington, DC. In 2003 Chic co-authored and starred in "Passing The Blues Along" at the Crossroads Theater in New Jersey. In 2004 he was the Composer, Arranger and Musical Director for the McCarter and Berkeley Repertory Theater's production of Polk County, a play based on writings by Zora Neale Hurston. He most recently starred as Slow Drag in August Wilson's "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" at the Seattle Rep. In 1998 Chic starred in the Mark Taper Forum production of "Lost Highway", the story of Hank Williams, and has appeared in the films "Triple Bogey" and "Hangin' With The Home Boys".
"Through his music Chic creates an environment so safe that even the most diverse groups join with him to reach out to each other." --Rachel Poliner, BOSTON EDUCATORS FOR SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
Chic is a graduate of UC Santa Cruz with a B.S. Degree in Psychology. He served as Head of the Department of Psychodrama at a Community Hospital in Carmel, CA; the Executive Director of a Fair Housing program in Hayward, CA; and the instructor of a class titled "The Creative Process" at Occidental College in L.A. before deciding to focus exclusively on his music. He saw that the two worlds of psychology and music were based on the same fundamental principles of confidence and self-expression. The goal was not to help generate an enthusiasm for life along with fun and exciting ways to express it.
When Chic is not performing he's conducting workshops for youth and adults, in schools or at their place of business. His world-class workshop, called "Express Yo'self", has garnered international acclaim by providing a safe, fun and exciting environment for participants to explore and develop confidence in their ability to communicate.
Chic Street Man 231 N.E. 94th St. Seattle, WA 98115
PH: (206) 525-2993 FAX: (206) 522-7080
Website: www.chicstreetman.com Email: Chic@chicstreetman.com