Monday, October 1, 2012

Chicago XY Sessions - Maurice

I'm very grateful for the response to my recent open call requesting Chicago men to collaborate together for a chance to be in a magazine publication. This will be my first submission to their Boys series. I'm hopeful that at least one or two people can be selected for print and online editions.  

Outside of the publication, I wanted to understand the men and their side in this endless hustle as a Chicago artist. More than anything, I found this experience to be nothing short of heartwarming. There are many amazing artists around Chicago and out of the few I have been lucky to meet, these are their stories. 

A ‘renaissance man’ in the scope of literature, Vagabond Maurice (Maurice Meaway) is a writer, poet, emcee and teaching artist associated with The Board of the Young Chicago Authors. He has performed alongside acts such as Bop Alloy (Substantial & Marcus D), Ill-Literacy (including Aja Monet), Kevin Coval, Saul Williams, Manny Garcia, as well as the 33rd Annual Chicago Jazz Festival and Printer's Row. 

Front man for the Jazz/Hip Hop band As Told by Heroes, member of the Terra 5 artist collective and its subgroup InAniMate, his publications range from articles written for Chi-Tea Magazine and reviews for Blending jazz inspired narratives in his body of work, while delivering a smooth, yet ecstatic aura in his performances, Maurice continues to write with the motif of a Space Cowboy - or even as a Gangster of Love.


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