He’s about sharing the possibility of empowerment, joy and excellence through performance, education, artistry and collaboration.
A New York City native, graduate of State University of New York at Fredonia, some of my more notable accomplishments are winning the American Beatbox Championships in 2015 and 2016, the Grand Beatbox Battle in 2018, the World Beatbox Championships in 2018 and the 2019 Varsity Vocals International Acapella Open (all of this accomplished with fellow beatboxer Gene Shinozaki.
Chris is also the recipient of the 2020 Gross Family Prize (for Bzzzz choreographed by Caleb Teicher,) and was commissioned by Works and Process at the Guggenheim to Premiere “The Missing Element” (a 40-minute dance and beatbox immersive experience) in the Guggenheim Rotunda.
In partnership with Lincoln Center, Kaatsbaan Culture Park and Works and Process we documented the process of the creation of the piece during COVID 19 in a docuseries called Isolation to Creation.
He’s the founder of The Beatbox House, A collective of World Champion Beatboxers based out of New York City.
Chris has been blessed to perform at places like Carnegie Hall, The Apollo, New York City Center, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, Le Poisson Rouge, The Kennedy Center, Astrakulturehaus, New Victory Theatre and The Blue Note to name a few.
He’s had the opportunity to speak and perform at universities such as Harvard, Colombia, Brown, The New School, and Westminster Choir College, and also collaborated with luminaries as Dana Leong, Bryon Bainn and Caleb Teicher.
He has spoken at conferences such as NJMEA and NAFME Eastern Conference as a clinician alongside Amanda Newell as the beginning of the new beatbox education movement.
He’s also taught in New York City Public and Private Schools as a full-time music educator (general music and chorus), and has recently taken the leap to make his music a full-time career.
Chris can provide you and your company /team with fun, interactive beatboxing educational workshops.
THE BEATBOX HOUSE
Chris can also add on beatboxers to make a beatboxing duo, trio, quartet or quintet entertaining act – The Beatbox House is a collective of the most dynamic vocal talent in the world.
They are made up of five members: Gene Shinozaki, Kenny Urban, NaPoM, Amit and Chris Celiz. Through perfomance, education and community building,
The collective is rebranding the artform and is pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with the human voice.
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