Saturday Oct. 22 | 3:30 PM
Art Academy of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH
Miles Wilson-Toliver, Artistic Director for the Voices of Hartford, and Kick Lee, Executive Director for the Cincinnati Music Accelerator provide a conversation on equitable training and community support for professional musicians.
Approximately 60 minutes
Kick Lee is a music producer, Cincinnati native and advocate of the music arts and independent artists. He is the founder of the Cincinnati Music Accelerator, which builds entrepreneurs through the art of music while simultaneously working to put an end to starving artists. Only 30-years-old, Kick has already worked in music for over 16 years and had his musical works licensed and placed in advertisements with brands such as Disney, Toyota, Samsung, Puma and many others. He is a People’s Liberty 2017 project grant recipient, graduate of Full Sail University and of Elementz Hip Hop Youth Arts center. In addition to the Cincinnati Music Accelerator, he operates KL Studios Inc. which specializes in audio recording, audio production, post production and music licensing for TV, film, trailers and commercials.
For opera singer Miles Wilson-Toliver, the stage under his feet is a second home. Groomed in the church and trained by his vocal teachers since a youth, Toliver has developed a distinctive relationship with music. He performs with a purpose, using his inviting Baritone to challenge conventions of the centuries-old genre. From musical theatre classics to new operatic works, he considers each feature an opportunity to connect and heal through the arts, refreshing his audience’s experience of opera as they know it. As a teaching artist, he keeps young men under his tutelage with hopes of fostering their curiosity in opera music. His goal is to lead young men like him, who’ve found a spiritual and aural transaction in the classical arts and guide them to a life of full purpose, expression, and potential.
Hear Miles perform before the talk!
Watch Kick discuss his story!