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Killiam Shakespeare

Mon, Jun 19 - 9:00 pm

Some say you can judge a man by the company he keeps, but when it
comes to Corey Bernhard you can judge the man by the company that
keeps HIM. Corey has recorded with Bilal, Vivian Green, and Donald
Harrison Jr. - and toured with Talib Kweli, Snarky Puppy, Bilal, Pusha
T, and Marsha Ambrosius. He has performed on every continent, always
on tap when an artist needs a man on the keys with a full
understanding of the soul of music.

Corey Bernhard started as an economics major at Harvard; In his own
words he attended because he ‘had the opportunity to do so’. While
earning his degree he spent much of his time at Wally’s Jazz Cafe,
soaking up the sounds of the major players, and started under the
tutelage of Sue Liu-Wen in Worcester MA. Yet the fact that Corey is a
Harvard grad comes into play, as he cites intellectuals like Cornel
West, Howard Zinn, Malcolm X, and Dave Chappelle as influences. This
unique background informs his approach to music: ‘I believe that music
is a gift to be used to liberate the oppressed peoples of the world.
It is a gift to be used to create social change, and a lot of people
are abusing that gift right now. We definitely need to change that.’

Fast forward to 2015 and we find Corey in the heart of West
Philadelphia. Between the 18th century row homes we duck into a
parking garage to a dark side room. The heavy door is padlocked, and
inside is the makeshift studio where Corey and Steve McKie are poring
over tracks - some as producers, but most the core project:Killiam
Shakespeare. Corey Bernhard and Steve McKie come across as quite
similar and yet unique; quiet, gentle, and unassuming, deep in their
worlds of vibration and creation. In strong contrast to the
personalities of today’s stars, these two are IN IT, using music as
their main form of communication. Occasionally broad smiles reveal
their gentle nature, and you get the sense that enlightenment is
there, like two modern day musical monks.

Steve Mckie

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Johnny Brenda's 1201 N. Frankford Ave Philadelphia, PA 19125

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