Kingsley Ibeneche’s new theatrical production REALMS: A Soul Opera will premiere at the PMA next week

Kingsley Ibeneche | courtesy of the artist

Writer, musician, and choreographer Kingsley Ibeneche has become a familiar face around Philadelphia for his music, but his latest project, REALMS: A Soul Opera, branches out into theatrical territory. Combining music with dialogue and movement, the production will make its premiere with two performances in the Great Stair Hall of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Friday, July 26. Continue reading →


Kingsley Ibeneche chases love and communes with nature in the “Sanctuary” video

Kingsley Ibeneche | still from video

The cover of Kingsley Ibeneche‘s new Realms EP, released via Astro Nautica a couple Fridays ago, features a beautiful and dream-like photograph of three muses perched on a balcony, and the scene comes to vivid life in the new music video for “Sanctuary,” the song that opens the set.

In it, we see Ibeneche racing through green spaces and wooded hills, following the muses into a mysterious greenhouse where the scene turns from hazy to magical. Continue reading →


Soul Music / Music for the Soul: Kingsley Ibeneche’s Realms EP is filled with inspirational sounds

Kingsley Ibeneche | photo by Kathryn Raines | via

Listening to Kingsley Ibeneche‘s new EP, you’ll see why the artist describes his work as “soul music.” Ibeneche just released Realms on Astro Nautico records, and its five eclectic tracks are filled with the things that inspire him both as a musician and a dancer. Smooth vocals are paired with spoken word and jazzy saxophone to create a musical atmosphere that dwells on how personal music can be, and how it’s essential to community. Continue reading →


Local artists inspire Philadelphia’s youth at Aspiring Young Artists

Aspiring Young Artist | photo by Richard Sanders | courtesy of Aspiring Young Artists

The city of Philadelphia has a very incredibly vibrant music scene and a rich music history that spans genres. But imagine if those two intangible things could become more of a direct resource for the adolescents of the city who are in school and have a passion for creating music. That’s where Aspiring Young Artists steps in.

While most schools can only advocate for more funding so they don’t have to make really hard choices, like cutting out art programs because of lack of funds, AYA cuts out the middle man and connects North Philadelphia students from schools like Youth Build Philadelphia, Kensington CAPA and Olney Charter High School with local artists who teach them how to compose their own music and expose them to the beautiful things that are happening in their hometown’s music scene.

Recently I was able to sit with AYA’s founder Ricky Strickler about how the music programs and the local artists that lead them have made an impact on its students. Continue reading →


The Key Studio Sessions: Kingsley Ibeneche

When we first met Kingsley Ibeneche, he was dancing.

More specifically, he was onstage backing Kate Faust and her sensual electronic rock with impressive poise and fluid motion. The Camden artist, who studied ballet at University of the Arts and spent a few years after school practicing modern dance in Germany, has always been an interpreter of music, the vehicle that a current of music sets into motion. But the more time he spent around it, the more he began to absorb and incorporate music directly into his practice. This year, Ibeneche debuted with CHi, an eclectic EP that serves as a fine introduction to him as a singer and songwriter, an interdisciplinary artist. Continue reading →


Grandchildren and Vessna Scheff benefit shows to support Big Picture Alliance and Aspiring Young Artists

Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist
Grandchildren | photo courtesy of the artist

Grandchildren‘s Aleks Martray has teamed up with fellow Philly musician Vessna Scheff to put together a short series of benefit shows. In a fundraising effort for local youth film and music programs, the two artists have assembled a variety of local musicians to perform at Boot & Saddle on November 16. The second show, November 17 at Warehouse on Watts, will feature youth films and musical performances. Continue reading →


Tonight’s Concert Picks: Against Me! at Union Transfer, Dar Williams at Arden Gild Hall, Moses Sumney at First Unitarian Church, and more

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Against Me! released their latest LP Shape Shift With Me a year ago, and tonight their tour makes a stop at Union Transfer with support from Bleached and The Dirty Nil. The gritty folk-punk band are known for emotional, personal tunes penned by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace; their last two albums reflect on her experiences navigating relationships and life as a transgender woman. Listen below, and find tickets and more information on the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →