Hypnotic Brass Ensemble are an eight-piece, Chicago-based brass ensemble consisting of eight sons of the renowned and thoroughly respected Jazz trumpeter Phil Cohran. They describe their eclectic blend which contains influences from Hip Hop, Jazz, Funk, Afrobeat, Rock, Calypso and Gypsy music as “Now Music”, or “Hypnotic”
They have performed with the likes of Mos Def, Phil Cohran, The Recipe, Tony Allen, Wu Tang Clan, De La Soul, Prince, Femi Kuti, Gorillaz and the B52’s and recorded with names ranging from Erykah Badu to Ghostface Killah. They supported Blur for their Hyde Park reunion concerts in 2009 and were 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.
Hypnotic Brass Ensemble perform at festivals and venues across the globe and were the first brass band to perform on BBC Two’s Later with Jools Holland.