Rose Cuts the Cake
by ATHENS BOYS CHOIR
(CD Format AUDIO)
ABOUT the ARTIST
1. Nancy Reagan Told Me To
2. History of My Silence
4. Boobies in the Key of Double a
5. 6-9 on 9/11
6. Power of Poop
7. Desensitized? Revitalize!
8. Mighty Sodomitey
9. Homeland Insecurity
10. Where 2 Lines Collide
11. Man Enough
12. Letter to Tom
Ok, so the name Athens Boys Choir can be a bit deceiving but
you can?t blame a Transsexual man living in the Deep South
for having a sense of humor about the whole ordeal. So Katz, the
Choir?s now solo member, travels the country speaking ?the
good word? throwing down hard hitting spokenword that deals
with issues of Gender, Politics, Love, Sex, and everything in-between.
Katz?s spoken-word is raw, unapologetic, witty, and soulful.
As Out Magazine wrote in 2006, ?Katz avoids falling into
the common spoken-word trap?and instead uses engaging wordplay,
razor-sharp wit, and hip-hop rhythms.? He has had the honor
of sharing the stage with such artists as Ani Difranco, Indigo
Girls, Bitch, The Butchies, Danielle Howle, and Michelle Malone.
He has also opened for poets of HBO?s Def Poetry Jam on more
than one occasion. Being a out Transsexual, Katz?s spoken-word
often becomes a platform for education and activism, but all work
and no play makes for one intense performance so he lets loose
with sarcasm, pop culture references, and video?s featuring
Barbara Streisand as Yentl and sassy footwork by the stars of
the 1979 hit ?Roller Boogie?.
Athens Boys Choir has been touring nationally since 2003, performing
for audiences that are becoming more diverse everyday. You don?t
have to be a spoken-word enthusiast to enjoy the lyrical stylings
of the Athens Boys Choir. Katz has the unusual skill of opening
even the most skeptical minds to the world of performance poetry.
With three CD's already out and a fourth due for release on March
27, 2007, Katz/The Athens Boys Choir has established himself as
a force in the spoken-word/queer/pop culture/homo-hop movement;
you choose how it moves you.
?No one since Ani Difranco has taken the power
English language and put it to such good use.?
Young Gay American Magazine - Feb/March 2005
?Anybody who loves the poetry slam scene or ever dreamed
being a Sister Spit groupie will appreciate the Athens Boys
Choir? Girlfriends Magazine ? Dec/Jan. 2005
?Katz is a fiery ball of queer southern charm, humor
opinion; his revved-up poetry and performance is as
entertaining as it is growth-provoking.? Michelle
Tea ? March 2007
?With apologies to Alix Olson, spoken word has never
quite this good.? - Curve Nov. 2004
?Katz avoids falling into the common spoken-word trap?and
instead uses engaging wordplay, razor-sharp wit, and hiphop
rhythms? Out Magazine ? Jan. 2006
?...airing our culture's dirty laundry with infectious,
stream-of-consciousness rapping.? - Frontiers Magazine
- Nov. 2004
?Katz has the nuance of an old soul when he does his
With the inclusion of class, culture, and race dynamics in
transgender politics, Katz makes room for the evolution of
a movement. He doesn't shy away from questioning his own
community and remembers that humor broadens the most narrow
minds. This self aware spoken word artist has potential to
be a leader to his generation of queers and a bridge to an
older generation if they are willing to listen.?
- Amy Ray (Indigo Girls) July 2005