At the Richard Rodgers Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park, tucked between a baseball diamond and a playground, the Classical Theatre of Harlem’s fast-paced swashbuckling retelling of The Three Musketeer’s, brings a little Paris to Harlem, but not without taking a little Harlem to Paris.

As the sun sets in the trees somewhere behind the stage, you’ll take in a dabbing Porthos (Reynaldo Piniella), an ensemble of dancers from the Elisa Monte company, and Shayshahn “PhearNone" MacPherson on the Aurora violin, leaving one to wonder “Are we in Harlem or in France?"

Sunday, July 16th, 2017Review: Bang! Pow! A ‘Three Musketeers’ Summertime Romp

Jenny Bennett’s staging, working from Catherine Bush’s adaptation, squarely emphasizes the book’s more extroverted and humorous side: The biff-bang-pow production is to the novel as Adam West’s Batman was to the grim Dark Knight. (Coincidentally, aficionados can catch a competing take on Dumas’s masterpiece in Riverside Park, courtesy of the Hudson Warehouse company.)

One smart decision was to clad several characters in outfits reflecting the style and familiar vivid colors of the Caribbean. This is a reference to Dumas’s mixed-race roots in Haiti, and it works well in a playful show that also drops a couple of raps and features a fancifully dramatic score by Shayshahn MacPherson.

Saturday, July 1st, 2017Inside Weddings Magazine Features PhearNone Entertainment.

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Thursday, October 1st, 2015Phearnone & 7FN on BRIC TV

Published on Sep 30, 2015
With an evocative style that engages diverse instrumentation,
7FN takes classical and hip hop music to new and unique levels.
And this is yet another spectacular episode of B-Side. Are you ready to ride? It will be funky and fresh to say the least. Hosted by Queen GodIs. Produced by Kecia Élan Cole

This video is from BRIC TV— the first 24/7 television channel created by, for, and about Brooklyn. It is the borough's source for local news, Brooklyn culture, civic affairs, music, arts, sports, and technology. BRIC TV features programming produced and curated by BRIC, an arts and media nonprofit located in Downtown Brooklyn, NYC.

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Tuesday, May 12th, 2015Rap Lyrical: Word Up! on LightNight

This Friday, as part of LightNight, Liverpool’s Writing on the Wall festival (WoW) invites two artists from different sides of the Atlantic to perform under the stars in a celebration of spoken word. The Skinny talks to Shayshahn MacPherson and Blue Saint
Shayshahn ‘Phearnone’ MacPherson and Daniel ‘Blue Saint’ Sebuyane have both transcended the boundary between musical artist and ‘man of letters’. MacPherson is a Bronx-born musician and spoken word artist, a chameleon who is an accomplished violinist (performing at Carnegie Hall at the age of 12), has a history in film acting and also runs his own business, Phearnone Entertainment. Blue Saint is a Liverpool MC and lyricist, who began his career with Writing on the Wall (WoW)’s Young Writers program me.
When we later catch up by phone, New York-based MacPherson sees his work in a tacitly different way. For him, the journey of the audience acts as the engine for his performance; he uses music as a means to communicate personal thoughts and feelings in the hope that this will stimulate a change in the listener.

[Shayshahn MacPherson (Phearnone)]

Both agree that music is “another language"; aside from the safety of word-bank clichés, there is a sense that both of these artists want to contribute something meaningful to the international conversation of ideas.

Listening to MacPherson talk about his work, it’s clear that he wants his experience in Liverpool to be one that forces people to recalibrate their relationship with the spoken word. “The experience of connecting with people who I never saw before from different cultures, [and] seeing how they react to my work, is what allows me to take my work to the next level," he says. We can’t see his face down the phone, but we imagine that he, like Blue Saint, is looking thoughtfully ahead.

Thursday, November 13th, 2014Determined to Educate gala honors community leaders

Demetria Irwin | 11/13/2014, 11:54 a.m.

The sixth annual Determined to Educate Gala kicked off early November with a room full of spirited, well-dressed revelers in Manhattan. Determined to Educate, a nonprofit founded by Cindy Senyah Baah, seeks to better communities by mentoring low-income youth and offering intergenerational support. Proceeds from this year’s gala will go to the Journal Project, an initiative that pairs young people with senior citizens to share and preserve life stories.

The evening was made possible partly by the efforts of the youth. Several of the servers on hand were Job Corps participants. As attendees participated in the cocktail hour and silent auction at the gala, violinist Shayshahn MacPherson (aka PhearNone) regaled the audience with his unique musicianship over popular contemporary hits like Luther Vandross’s “A House is Not a Home," Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights" and Biggie’s “One More Chance."

The host, actor and musician Chaz Lamar Shepherd, kept the evening’s itinerary flowing with his quick wit and humor. He also shared a bit of his vocal gifts by performing a rousing falsetto rendition of Marvin Gaye’s “Mercy, Mercy Me." The Rev. Nafisa Sharriff blessed the night’s festivities with a powerful prayer, and the gala’s five award recipients gave humble and appreciative speeches.

Writer, director and producer Malcolm Dee Lee (“The Best Man," “Roll Bounce," “Undercover Brother") talked about his motivation for becoming a filmmaker. “I wanted to tell stories about Black men that reflected me and my experience. The ones I saw on TV, movies and music videos were false and hollow to me. I set out to redefine the image of Black men and Black masculinity," said Lee, the recipient of the Vincent C. Munn Inspiration to Learn Award.

This year’s Corporate Citizen of the Year went to Ayala Donchin, owner of Evelyn’s Kitchen. The baked goods and catering company is named after Donchin’s late grandmother.

The Educator of the Year Award went to Dr. Brenda M. Greene, chair of the English department and executive director of the Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College. Greene’s son rapper Talib Kweli Greene appeared in a video message congratulating his mother on her award. Her other son, Jamal Kwame Greene, a constitutional law professor at Columbia University, was on hand in person to offer praises to his mother. Greene’s husband was also in attendance.

During her speech, Greene mentioned the importance of the Center for Black Literature, which she founded in 2003. “We are currently the only center for Black literature that is focused on providing knowledge about Black literature to the general public and supporting Black writers," said Greene, who also noted that her sons are her greatest motivation.

The Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt, founding board member of the Harlem Children’s Zone’s Promise Academy Charter School, received the Mentor of the Year Award. “God has given me a gift and it is a gift that everybody can have. That is the ability to love. You might not be the greatest this or the greatest that, but you can be great at loving others," said Wyatt after acknowledging his wife and family, who were in attendance.

The WellMet Group, an organization that has given over $2 million to New York City nonprofits, received an Award of Appreciation. All five award recipients left feeling appreciated, while the gala’s attendees left inspired to leave a positive impact on the world in the spirit of Determined to Educate.


Grammy Award-winning superstar Shaggy thrilled a lunchtime crowd at Brooklyn Borough Hall on Wednesday at the kickoff to the Summer Music Series and blood drive sponsored by Music Brings Life, working to boost summer blood donations with the Red Cross. Borough President Eric Adams hosts the concerts.

Other performers included Ricky Blaze, Ruby Collins, Young Devyn, Olivia from VH1’s Love & Hip Hop," Phearnone (Shayshahn MacPherson) and Star Laurel, along with Hot 97’s DJ Magic and DJ Young Chow.

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014Shaggy takes the stage for free Brooklyn summer concert series Read more: Queens Ledger - Shaggy takes the stage for free Brooklyn summer concert series

But the hot ticket for the afternoon was clearly headliner Shaggy, whose fans dutifully waited in the hot sun for the Jamaican-American performer as other artists — singers Ruby Collins, Young Devyn and Star Laurel and violinist Phearnone —

Read more: Queens Ledger - Shaggy takes the stage for free Brooklyn summer concert series

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014MUSICAL BLOOD DRIVE

It’s live entertainment for an important cause! The Music Brings Life Summer Music Series and Blood Drives, will be held in July 16 and Aug. 13 in Brooklyn at Brooklyn Borough Hall Plaza, Court and Remsen Sts., from noon to 1 p.m.
There’s a musical incentive to give blood: The first 200 donors at the July and August blood drives will receive a free ticket to the 5-Alarm Blaze Music Brings Life Blood Awareness Concert on Aug. 31 at Stage 48 in Manhattan, starring Jamaican reggae star Konshens.
The July 16 show features Caribbean artists, such as Brooklyn’s Ricky Blaze, known for the singles "Just You And I" and "Feel Free" featuring Red Cafe and Nicki Minaj; Ruby Collins, Suave Luciano, Phearnone (Shayshahn MacPherson) and Music Brings Life founder and president Keenan (Special) Bristol.
“Music Brings Life," using the slogan “Heroes Donate Blood," raised more than 3,000 pints of blood. The
a not-for-profit organization educates young people in the black, Latino and Caribbean communities about the importance of donating blood. Blood donations will be collected by the American Red Cross.

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Monday, February 10th, 2014Video Premiere: OBaH “NY Is On Some SHHH”

Coming March 7 on OBaH’s three-track EP titled ‘Cross Fade,’ for which many top tier talent are featured, including project including Borahm Lee (Break Science, Pretty Lights), Ethan White (Tortured Soul), B. Satz. (John Forte, Aloe Blacc), Amon (Analog Players Society), John Cave (Talib Kweli), Shayshahn "PhearNone" McPherson (Planet Ubiquity), among others, OBaH is no stranger to steering a dance floor. He can be found every Monday and Tuesday on the decks from 6-11pm at The Top of The Standard (formerly known as The Boom Boom Room), the penthouse lounge at The Standard, Highline in New York City. On March 13th, he joins Rich Medina’s monthly NYC party, Little Ricky’s Rib Shack, at Louie & Chan for his official EP release party.

“’NY is on some shhh’ is my musical tribute to New York," says OBaH. “Everything about this track is inspired by New York and its influence on me. A hard beat, melodic sample, raw elements, that’s what the ‘NY sound’ represents for me. I wanted to have a song on my EP that inspired people to not only feel a groove but also think about something real, something important in our current situation."

Stream “NY is on some shhh" below.

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014PhearNone rocks farafina

Phearnone just hit the stage If you ain't here you missing this good vibe

Saturday, December 7th, 2013Shayshahn MacPherson "King of viola"

Shayshahn MacPherson "Interview" with Deitrich Davis of

Wednesday, October 9th, 2013African Day Parade and Festival 2013

The pre parade event was hosted by Nigerian Actor, Model & 2 time golden glove heavy weight boxing champion Ngo Okafor while, Violist, Percussionist, lyricist and Indie hip hop artist Shayshahn “Phearnone" MacPherson wowed the distinguished guests.

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013Dana Leong Trio at Arts Midwest festival

Acclaimed composer Dana Leong has wowed audiences around the world with his unique blend of jazz, classical, and pop. Dana Leong Trio features Leong on cello/laptop, bassist Lex Sadler, and DJ Phearnone, performing composed and improvised music. Original pieces include “Dream State," a danceable mash-up of Mideastern scales; “Rain," influenced by Baroque music’s terraced dynamics; musical dream journal “Constellations;" and Leong’s arrangement of Sam Cooke’s classic “A Change is Gonna Come."

Monday, August 12th, 2013Shayshahn Phearnone amazes crowd at Yelp charity event.

This was my first Yelp event ever! And it didn't disappoint! What a well put together, fun, and informing event. It was extremely organized and well set up. Everyone serving you was polite and fun as well. I learned about a number of fantastic organizations, while eating great food and drinks and listening to PHENOMENAL music by Shayshahn MacPherson. I mean seriously, this guy is talented! I was totally mesmerized. I got to try some great new food places. I specifically loved Runner & Stone because their dark chocoalte whatevers were to die for. HBH had some delicious BBQ balls. Luke's shrimp rolls pretty much melted in your mouth and made me want to eat the whole table!

And of course I loved all the free little swags the organizations and Yelp gave out (cool shades, a colapsible water bottle, a bike bell, photo strip from the most entertaining prop photo booth ever)!

Overall, superb first event for me. Now I want to go to ever event there is! :)


Tuesday, May 14th, 2013The Earthman’ cometh to BAMcafe in May

PhearNone is spotted with the Earthman Experience in the Daily news for an amazing show on MAy 18th at Brooklyn Academy of Music.

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011Shayshahn "Phearnone" MacPherson on Red Carpet !!!!!

Phearnone is one of the many stars at Swizz Beatz's Reebok Classics "Reethym of Light" Launch. The high profile included Clive Davis, P.Diddy, Alicia Keys, Bust Rhymes, Mano, Lyold Banks, Freddrick Salomon, Dj, Khalid, and many more

Monday, June 20th, 2011Phearnone rocks @ Negril on Pree Diss

Watch Phearnone at theend of this video rocking

Sunday, March 20th, 2011The Man Who Ate Michael Rockefeller

wonderful vitality and energy shine through during evocative tribal dances supported by Shayshahn MacPherson's powerfully rhythmic music,

Reviewed By: Chris Kompanek · Feb 10, 2011 · New York

Thursday, December 31st, 2009'Lear'-y of convention

Posted Sunday, January 21 2007 09:54:07 pm

Maestro-of-all-trades Shayshahn MacPherson underscores the action with an infectious tribal beat that pulls the audience into this ancient society.
By Michael Hyland
Daily Colonial Staff Writer

Thursday, December 17th, 2009Shayshahn MacPherson on imdb

Find where Shayshahn MacPherson is credited alongside another name

Saturday, April 19th, 2008Artist choreographs multiple talents

Shayshahn “Phearnone" MacPherson’s band recently released its first album, on which he plays the violin and raps—sometimes simultaneously.

By Karyn Ostrom
April 19, 2008

Friday, November 30th, 2007An Interview With Shayshahn "Phearnone" MacPherson

Hip-Hop Virtuous

Intriguing best describes Shayshahn "Phearnone" MacPherson, member of indie hip-hop band Planet Ubiquity. A kid raised in the Bronx during the birth of hip-hop playing the violin: surprising. But Phearnone's talents don't stop there; add violist, percussionist, and a lyricist to his

November 30, 2007 by E. Maurice

Monday, July 16th, 2007Episode 032 - feat. Manuel Schröder, Mimi Rabson, Charlie Griffin, Planet Ubiquity

Planet Ubiquity is a new group with roots in hiphop, soul, and funk. The connection with this show lies with violist Shayshahn "Phearnone" MacPherson - a veteran of episode 012. Full of groove and rich with soul, this is an exciting group with a lot to offer musically, lyrically, and - in their concert performances - visually.

Sunday, February 25th, 2007King Lear

The most atmospheric, however, is the contribution of Shayshahn MacPherson who sits above it all on a bridge over the stage playing a collection of percussion instruments. While those instruments are of modern design (timpani, cymbals, etc.) the sound he gets is evocative of a world long past.

January 11 - February 25, 2007
King Lear
Reviewed by Brad Hathaway

Saturday, January 20th, 2007 Visual, wooden 'King Lear'; Classical Theatre of Harlem at Folger

This fluidity and energy is enhanced by Shayshahn MacPherson's percussive music, punctuated with insistent drumbeats and shimmering wind-chime effects.

Byline: Jayne Blanchard, THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Thursday, January 11th, 2007King Lear, Starring André De Shields

JJ Area and Shayshahn MacPherson round out the cast as knights, messengers and musicians.

Sunday, December 17th, 2006Shareefa Point Of No Return CD

Director: Rich Nice.

Photographers: Nichell Delvaille; Christian Lantry.

Arrangers: Rich Nice; Carl Thompson.

Personnel: Shareefa (vocals); K'Jon, Bobby Valentino (vocals); Ludacris (rap vocals); Tony Aliperti (guitar); Shayshahn MacPherson "Phearnone" (strings); Rich Nice (percussion, programming); Carl Thompson (programming); Kimberly "Kymistri" Dennard (background vocals).

Tuesday, June 20th, 2006episode 012 - hosted by cellist corbin keep

also worthy of note is the show's first political piece, phearnone's "war's favorite things."