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Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

This article appears to be written like an advertisement. Please help improve it by rewriting promotional content from a neutral point of view and removing any inappropriate external links. (December 2012) Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (aka HBE, or Hypnotic, or The Bros) is an eight-piece, Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of eight sons of the jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. Renowned for their ability to capture an audience with only horns and a drum set, "Hypnotic" has traveled the world doing just that. Their musical style is a combination of all the better parts of many different musical genres, ranging from hip-hop to jazz to funk and rock. You can even find traces of calypso and gypsie music in their eclectic blend of sound they call "now music", or "Hypnotic". Reared in the teachings of music since they were children, some of them as young as three years old, they grew up on the stage playing as the "Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble". In many circles, theirs has been labeled the best live show and a definite must see. Early history: The brothers were raised in a house where music was a constant element of the household. Phil Cohran's "Circle of Sound" held rehearsals in the living room and put on live shows in the adjacent loft/theatre appropriately referred to as "the Sun Ark". This gave the brothers an early exposure to a higher quality of music. The brothers were obligated to wake up at 6 in the morning and play their horns before and after school. As adolescents, they played around Chicago as the "Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble", performing for the likes of Harold Washington, Nelson Mandela, and many other prominent figures of the day. As the brothers grew into high school, many of them set their horns aside and were engaged in some of the everyday trappings of inner-city lifestyle. Enduring the deaths of close friends and family, including brother Anthony Neal, close friend Robert Lock (for whom they later wrote a song entitled "Flipside"), and Level Todd (for whom their song "Todd" was written), they decided to pick their horns back up. In 1999, the brothers began taking to the subways of Chicago and presenting their music. Shortly after, they were a full fledged, 8-piece brass ensemble and by 2004 recorded their first project aptly entitled "Flipside". The brothers were raised vegetarian. Collaborations: They have performed with Mos Def, Aquilla Sadalla, Phil Cohran, The Recipe, Nomadic Massive, Tony Allen, Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, Prince, Femi Kuti, Gorillaz, B52's and at the North Sea Jazz Festival.They have recorded with names ranging from Erykah Badu to Ghostface Killah of the Wu Tang Clan to Maxwell and many more. They supported Blur for their Hyde Park reunion concerts on 2-3 July 2009. They are also collaborators on a number of tracks from the third Gorillaz studio album, Plastic Beach. Their hit song "War" was featured in the box office smash The Hunger Games as the theme song for Caesar Flickerman. They also collaborated on a number of tracks with the group Rocket Juice & the Moon, a project featuring Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz) on vocals/guitar/keyboard, Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) on bass, and legendary Afrobeat drummer Tony Allen (Fela Kuti and many others) on the group's self-titled debut album. Performance: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble tours consistently across the globe, performing at festivals and venues of all kinds. From selling out the Sydney Opera House to rocking out at the WOMAD festival. Playing venues in New York, Chicago, and all over the USA. Sold out shows at the Blue Note, Joe's Pub, Highline Ballroom, Empty Bottle, Sheperd's Bush in London, and they were the first brass band to perform on BBC Two's Later with Jools Holland. Band members: Gabriel Hubert ("Hudah") - trumpet, Saiph Graves ("Cid") - trombone, Tycho Cohran ("LT") - sousaphone, Amal Baji Hubert ("Baji" or "June Body") - trumpet, Jafar Baji Graves ("Yosh") - trumpet, Seba Graves ("Clef") - trombone, Tarik Graves ("Smoove") - trumpet, Uttama Hubert ("Rocco") - baritone horn, Drummers: Christopher Anderson ("360") - drums, Emanuel Harrold ("Eman") - drums, Gabriel Wallace - drums, Andrew McClean - drums

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