Vocal virtuoso, charming raconteur, master prose stylist—Joseph Keckler is all the above and more. This artistically ambidextrous performer can boast so many talents it’s a wonder he’s so modest. Performing monologues and singing opera, torch and pop, he demonstrates a range of skills and a breadth of knowledge that might seem monumental if it weren’t put across with so much humble charm. Keckler’s tone is light and self-deprecating but never frivolous, and his vocal repertoire spans from lowbrow to highbrow without apology. His three-octave range puts him at the peaks of highbrow culture, but he moves to popular styles without missing a beat. Reflective and insightful, his writing draws on personal experience and a level of erudition that belies his age. Here is a renaissance man who wears his brilliance lightly; with a wink and a smile, he gently lifts the soul.
Club PuSH: January 26 at the Anvil Centre, 777 Columbia St., New Westminster
January 27 at the Fox Cabaret, 2321 Main Street, Vancouver