ARTSPEAK RADIO with Paul Tosh, Brandon Draper, & Mason Kilpatrick

Wednesday August 15, 2018 Noon to 1PM

Host/producer Maria Vasquez Boyd welcomes graphic artist/UMKC Professor Paul Tosh, musician/educator Brandon Draper, and Charlotte Street Foundation’s Mason Andrew Kilpatrick.

Paul Tosh has been full-time faculty at UMKC since 2001, and after 16 years in academia, he still has his Tennessee accent. Along with teaching a full range of graphic design and typography courses, he oversees the student graphic design group, Egghead, and is involved with the national and local chapters of AIGA, and a long term member of the KC Chapter of the American Ad Federation, the KC Freelance Exchange, the UCDA and Society of Typographic Aficionados and a recent member of the Kansas City Artists Coalition. His graphic design work and teaching focuses on branding design, print, marking communication design, typographic design and traditional and digital illustration.
Tosh also does professional design/illustration work through PDG* [*pretty darn good] Design, Crazy Shirley Design(s)[music industry specific design] and Buzz New Media for local and national clients. Tosh has received local, regional and national awards for his design and illustration, including Gold, Silver and Bronze awards in the Kansas City Freelance Exchanger ICE Awards and the Kansas City Ad Club Awards Competition. He has been a professional designer and illustrator for over 36 years.
Tosh’s current fine art and research interests are vernacular typography, illustration, letterpress, screen-printing and urban/street art & typography.
Fletcher Exhibit 2015-1016, Social & Politically Engaged Art, at the Reece Museum at East Tenn. St. University, and at the UMKC Faculty Show- Arterial Echoes.

M.F.A. in Visual Communications from University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ B.S. in Mass Communications from Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN

Brandon Draper is a graduate of Smoky Valley High School and Bethany College. He has enjoyed a celebrated career as drummer, percussionist, producer, multi-instrumentalist and educator. In addition to freelancing and teaching, he currently performs as a solo artist, multi-instrumentalist. With the Turkish-Jazz group Alaturka, Draper recorded, co-mixed and performed on the 2013 release Yalniz (4.5 Stars – Best albums of 2013 – Downbeat Magazine). Brandon plays guitar with his father (a renowned Hammond B3 organist) in The Draper Family Band and he runs the acclaimed children’s interactive music program Drum Safari with his wife of 14 years Teryn.

Currently Draper is on music faculty at the University of Kansas where he teaches jazz drums, world percussion, steel band and is the director of Music Enterprise certificate combining music business and entrepreneurship. Draper is also the head of percussion and world music studies at Johnson County Community College. He holds a Bachelors degree in percussion performance from Bethany College, and a Masters of Music with distinction from the University of New Mexico.

Draper has performed at many festivals, universities, concert halls, and conventions in the U.S. His extensive resume includes performances with both the New Mexico and Santa Fe Symphony Orchestras and the Kansas City Symphony. In contemporary and jazz settings, Draper has performed and/or recorded with Ottmar Liebert, DJ Logic, Donna Summer, Mose Allison, Steve Coleman, Dick Oatts, Mike Moreno, Bobby Watson, and Kevin Hays. He toured the U.S. with the live-tronica pioneers Particle and contributed work on a new album yet to be finished (2011-2014). In past years he performed in the critically acclaimed world premiere of the new hiphop musical “Venice” in Los Angeles Fall 2010, and premiered his original work “Bass Darabukas” with Quixotic and the Kansas City Symphony in Spring of 2011. Draper was musical director and live drummer for Quixotic Fusion 2007-2012. He continues to write, consult and occasionally perform with the KC-based cirque group.

As an educator, Draper has taught at the University of New Mexico, University of Missouri-Kansas City, East Mountain High School, and multiple high schools throughout the Midwest and Southwest as a clinician and as world and marching percussion consultant. He has led master-classes at the Percussive Arts Society Day of Percussion in Kansas, Nebraska, and New Mexico, and performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has also led workshops at Music Educators Association conferences in New Mexico, Kansas, and Missouri.
Upcoming gig 8/25 – Boulder, Colorado – —GRAPES AND GRASS FESTIVAL —

Mason Andrew Kilpatrick, Marketing & Communications Manager Charlotte Street Foundation is excited to announce the opening of a new performing arts venue at 1664 Broadway Blvd just south of downtown Kansas City in the eclectic Crossroads Arts District. The new venue, titled Capsule, will serve as a platform to highlight emerging experimental and hybrid performance practices, demonstrating CSF’s commitment to supporting artist and building audiences for Kansas City’s contemporary performing arts community. Local artists will soon be able to utilize this new possibility through an upcoming Open Call opportunity later in 2018.


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