“BOLD, DARING, AND FEARLESS…TRULY INNOVATIVE.”
‐Kamilah Forbes, Artistic Director of HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL
“CREATIVE RHYMES & WORDPLAY…ORIGINAL EXPRESSION.”
‐Craig Streaman, Manager of TAXI [World’s Leading Independent A&R Company]
“CHALLENGES OUR ACCEPTANCE OF REALITY.”
‐Juliette Price, Editor in Chief of STATE TIMES
“LUCID PORTRAYAL OF INTELLECT, TALENT, AND VISION.”
‐Danierl R. Nierenberg, THE PRESCRIPTION: MUSIC, POLITICS, CULTURE
“PASSIONATE, ELOQUENT, AND GIFTED.”
‐Sam Goodyear, ART BEAT MAGAZINE
ANTHONY FASCIOUS MARTINEZ is a national award winning writer, performer, and arts educator from the Bronx who utilizes Hip Hop, Spoken Word, and Theater to promote the importance of preserving cultural identity through written form and oral discourse. He began writing poetry at the age of twelve and started performing as early as fourteen years old. Since then, he has toured his works across the United States, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Colombia, and Peru while recording and sharing the stage with artists such as KRS-One, Immortal Technique, M1 of Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Vordul Mega of Cannibal Ox, Head Automatica, Rebel Diaz, and Saul Williams. Recently, Fascious was a featured artist on VH1's 2009 Black History Month Project, which was a series of commercials speaking on the future goals and aspirations of America.
In 2008, Fascious was the recipient of SUNY’s Research & Creative Activity Grant Award for his one man show entitled Penumbra reviewed as, “Bold, daring, and fearless…truly innovative” by HBO Def Poetry’s Producer, Kamilah Forbes. Fascious is the 11th Annual 7 Deadly Sins Poetry Slam Champion at RPI, Two-Time Northeast Regional Poetry Slam Champion, Two-Time SUNY Oneonta Grand Slam Champion, ACUI National Collegiate Poetry Slam Silver Medalist, and Nuyorican Poet’s Café Grand Slam Finalist. He is the recipient of Six ACUI National Poetry Awards including Best Flow, Rookie of the Year, All Around Bad Ass, Best Team Piece, among others. As Hip Hop Director for WONY 90.9FM and Executive Producer for the Hip-Hop Theater Festival's Line Breaks Podcast Series in conjunction with the University of Wisconsin, Fascious has conducted interviews with artists such as Danny Hoch, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Sugar Hill Gang, Slim from 112, Cuban Link, among others.
Fascious is a graduate of the State University of New York, College at Oneonta and has been certified by Digidesign to operate as a Pro Tools Audio Software Technician. He is the Founder of The Annual Epicenter Concert Series, which is a free event that has thus far fundraised over $15,000 to produce artist showcases featuring Hip-Hop, Spoken Word, Dance Theater, Latin/Progressive Rock, Salsa, Merengue, and Calypso. In addition to performing with the African & Latino ActNow Theater Foundation, Fascious was cast for John McCaslin's production of Accidental Death of an Anarchist written by legendary Italian playwright and Nobel Peace Prize winning theatre director, Dario Fo. As a member of The Intangible Collective, Fascious aims to connect with and empower artists, audiences and communities through multiple mediums of creative expression via live performance, publications, and educational workshops.
For more info, visit www.fascious.com