On-Demand: Rapper Pharoahe Monch and PitchBlak Brass Band

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Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Rapper Pharoahe Monch and PitchBlak Brass Band at the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival Rapper Pharoahe Monch and PitchBlak Brass Band at the 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival (David Andrako)

Rapper and singer Pharoahe Monch joined forces with PitchBlak Brass Band at Merkin Concert Hall on Feb. 4 as part of this year's Ecstatic Music Festival.

Born Troy Donald Jamerson, the Queens-born Monch has built a devoted following in the hip-hop world due to his complex, multi-syllabic rhyming, high-profile songs with artists such as Mos Def and Black Thought (The Roots), and lyrics that mine the struggle of the black male experience in America. In this show, Monch performs world-premiere arrangements of songs from his confessional 2014 album "PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder." 

PitchBlak Brass Band’s bright instrumentation of sousaphone, trombones, trumpets, French horn, saxophone, guitar and percussion — joined for this show by strings and additional singers — provide the exuberant backdrop for this performance.

Composer and festival curator Judd Greenstein told The Guardian recently, "I would tell anyone who would listen that [Pharoahe Monch] was the greatest MC of all time. I had never heard anyone with a flow like that — probably because there wasn’t anyone with a flow like that. The complexity of his rhythmic scheme, the subtlety of his execution, the visceral power of the delivery, it was just incredible and really felt like a raising of the bar for what MCing could be."

Program

Bad M.F.
Black Hand Side
Time2
Losing My Mind
Broken Again
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
D.R.E.A.M.
Push
Still Standing
Desire
Simon Says
Welcome to the Terrordome

All lyrics by Pharoahe Monch; Songs arranged by Brian Lotze, Bryan Walters, T.J. Robinson and Ben Brody.

Disclaimer: The above audio contains explicit lyrics which may not be suitable for all ages.

Q2 Music is the digital partner of the Kaufman Music Center's 2016 Ecstatic Music Festival. This concert was engineered by Damon Whittemore, Noriko Okabe, Richie Clarke and Gil Shuster.

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