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EACC Fine Arts Center Presents Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

January 7, 2014

East Arkansas Community College

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Forrest City- East Arkansas Community College Fine Arts Center will present the musically talented and renowned Hypnotic Brass Ensemble on Saturday, February 8, at 7:00 p.m. at the EACC Fine Arts Center. 

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a family of eight brothers, raised on the south-side of Chicago under training methods of their musically talented parents.  Sons of legendary jazz trumpeter/composer Kelan Phil Cohran, the brothers grew up touring the United States as the “Phil Cohran Youth Ensemble” performing the complex original written jazz compositions of their father and other greats such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, and more.  The group’s early musical training encompassed elements of instrumental performance, but they were personally being exposed to the hip-hip, rock, and reggae music of their own generation.  By 1999, the brothers had absorbed more recent musical components into the cosmic jazz style of their father and found their own sound as the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble.     

Hypnotic’s first album “The Flipside” garnered grass roots success prompting a feature collaboration with Chicago hip-hop production mogul NO ID and Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan.  The band spent several years performing at clubs, festivals and throughout the streets displaying their signature brand of live music infused with hip-hop, jazz, soul, reggae, and rock elements.  The brothers later joined actor/emcee Mos Def onstage and began touring worldwide from Jazzstage at Lincoln Center to Sheapherd’s Bush in London. 

In the past few years, Hypnotic has performed their original tunes in every corner of the world to audiences of all genres and collaborated with artists including Maxwell, Erykah Badu, Tony Allen, and more.  The band’s big collaboration on the Gorillaz record with D. Albarn prompted another world tour where they performed alongside Bobby Womack, Snoop Dogg, and others.  The band’s recent recognitions include touring Europe with Prince, landing the original song in Hollywood’s box office smash “The Hunger Games,” and headlining the Sydney Opera House to a sold-out crowd.  Hypnotic has continued to grow their brass sounds and deliver a signature dose of music with each performance and record release.  Their musical legacy was most recently featured in last summer’s PBS documentary film titled “Brothers Hypnotic.”

Tickets for Hypnotic Brass Ensemble’s performance are $15 and available online at or by calling 870-633-4480, ext. 352.  The EACC Fine Arts Center is located at 1700 Newcastle Road in Forrest City right off of I-40.  Group discounts are available. 



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