Two-time Grammy Awarding winning Vocal Percussionist “RAHZEL” has mastered, then re-defined the art of beatboxing into the new millennium, emerging as a true virtuoso in this quintessential musical art form. Rahzel doesn’t play any instruments, HE IS THE INSTRUMENT!! Rahzel’s singular ability to re-create full songs without instrumentation, sing a chorus and provide the musical melody simultaneously, and invoke a plethora of sound effects on a whim creates an inimitable visual and sound experience. One leaving audiences across 40 countries, 350 cities stunned and hungry for more, as evidenced by the collective 30 million+ youtube hits thus far.
Rahzel is most popularly known as member emeritus of hip hop’s cutting edge live band, The Roots, but has lent his talents to musical artists of all genres. A highly sought after vocalist, Rahzel has collaborated by touring, recording, producing, writing or performing with such artist as Angelique Kid joe, Beastie Boys, Beck, Ben Harper, Bjork, Bobby McFerrin, Bootsy Collins, Brandford Marsalis, Christina Aguilera, Common, Cee Lo Green, Dave Chapelle, Erykah Badu, Everlast, Faith no More, John Legend, Lou Reed, Michelle N’Degeocello, Mike Patton, Maroon 5, Mix Master Mike, Methods of Mayhem, Nona Hendrix, Norah Jones, Patti Smith, Phillip Glass, Sean Paul, Snoop Dogg, The Roots, Toots and the Maytals, The Crystal Method and The Who at such venues as Radio City Music Hall, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Madison Square, Gardens, Metlife Stadium, Roseland Ballroom, Walt Disney Theater, Red Rock Amphitheater, Hollywood Bowl and Coachella Music Festival.
While nothing beats the wonder of seeing Rahzel live and direct, that hasn’t stopped him from expanding in to the TV/Film and Commercial/Voice over world, lending his incredible talents to Paramount Pictures, MGM Pictures, Universal Pictures, Pepsi & Pepsi products, American Express, Twix, Aflac, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Red bull Music Academy, Trace TV, Revolt TV, Fuse TV, MTV, MTV2, BET and Adult Swim.
So what’s next for this artistic visionary? Rahzel continues to eschew trends in favor of redefining the boundaries of vocal expression. Expect a new and explosive stage show combining vocal arrangements, music and artistic visuals; the perfect way to usher in Rahzel’s next solo recording project for 2015. In addition, Rahzel has bridged over to the art world by collaborating with the world-renowned electronic visual artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer with two installments “Voice Array” and the “Open Air Project” which debuted in New York, Montreal and Philadelphia. Rahzel also plans more collaborative efforts with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer internationally in 2015. Like sound itself, Rahzel’s talents move beyond the limits of the sky.