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F to eMbody - Rocco Katastrophe and Athens Boys Choir / Bio

Now is your chance to bring two of the most sought-after trans male performers to you campus for the price of one! Please consider adding this event as part of your programming for this upcoming November for Trans Awareness Month or April for Campus Pride Month.

This Academic Year, two courageous outspoken transsexual men are headed your way offering performances and workshops that help students understand Trans identity and community and define a sense of solidarity and ally-ship with this often under-represented group of people. All too often, trans people’s lives are only remembered in their absence and not while they are still living vibrant and colorful lives. This event is a celebration of trans art and impact. With the goal of bringing trans-visibility, education, and art to college campuses, we have created an event called “F to eMbody.”(www.ftoembody.com).

We would love to work with you to bring this event to your campus. We will be in your area this November and again in April. Of Course, we'd be happy to head your way at any time, but scheduling a performance while we are in the area helps reduce costs associated with the show.

More about F to eMbody:

F to eMbody, now in its sixth year, features two of the hottest transmasculine performers around, both on the Campus Pride Hot 25 list. (http://www.campuspride.org/hotlist2010.asp) With multi-media, spoken-word and hip-hop performances by the Athens Boys Choir and Rocco Katastrophe, the show is rabidly entertaining, unapologetically educational and completely charming. Athens Boys Choir is well known for his heart-warming earnest poetry and uproarious hilarity in the form of viral videos like FAGETTE. Rocco Katastrophe is a serious and sensitive crooner with skills on the mic, in addition to that he is co-creator and editor of Original Plumbing Magazine, the first magazine made exclusively about trans male culture.

Both Athens Boys Choir and Rocco Katastrophe have received honors from the Out Music Awards and have had music videos featured on LOGO’s Top Ten Click List. Katastrophe was on OUT Magazine's Top 100 of 2011. They have both hit the stage with such notable artists as The Gossip, Ani Difranco, Saul Williams, Alix Olson, Le Tigre, The Indigo Girls, John Cameron Mitchell, Poets from HBO’s Def Poetry Jam, and many more.

In addition to the show, we offer two different participatory workshops to choose from: a Trans Identity And Ally Workshop, and a Campus Strategy Workshop. Each workshop can be altered to meet the specific needs of its participants.

We would be happy to offer you more information about what we do. Please feel free to contact us anytime at:
ftoembody@gmail.com or by phone at 706-340-3868.

You can also learn more by checking out: www.ftoembody.com, www.athensboyschoir.com, and www.roccokatastrophe.com.

Examples of their work:

From their show at Ithaca College:

Athens Boys Choir:

Rocco Katastrophe:

Thank you so much,
Katz (Athens Boys Choir) and Rocco (Katastrophe)
F to eMbody Tour

"The poignant eloquent exposition of Transgender identity united the Guilford Community in a lasting desire to learn more. F to eMbody is an event we intend to bring back year after year."
- Sarah Eisenburg - Guilford College

“In a politically-charged performance, these artists used charm and wit to discuss controversial themes of gender identity and sexual orientation. This event exposed the University of Mary Washington campus and Fredericksburg community to progressive ideas of equality, diversity, and open-mindedness about gender and sexuality. These artists were full of spirit, enchanting with their spoken word and rhythms, and gave an unforgettable performance.”
- LaNita Weisenberger -University of Mary Washington

“It is rare and special to see trans-people feel so at ease and empowered. We were all incredibly moved, we laughed hysterically and loved every moment of the performance.”
Jackie Draper -Boston College

"(Athens Boys Choir) A potent mix of don't-fuck-with-me fierceness,
humor, poignant emotion and seamless '80s references." - Time Out New York

"Katastrophe shines as bright as any MTV rap luminary but does so by flashing lyrical skills, not bling... musically he stays in step with
trendsetters like Missy Elliot and The Neptunes.” - Kurt B Reighley,
-The Advocate

General Info

Band Members
Rocco Katastrophe and Harvey Katz AKA Athens Boys Choir
Artist Name
F to eMbody - Rocco Katastrophe and Athens Boys Choir
Profile Page
Active Since
Other / Spoken Word / Hip Hop

Contact Info

Brooklyn, NY