Chanell Crichlow (M.M. tuba '10) and her ensemble, Pitchblak Brass Band, were featured in the February 2014 issue of Downbeat Magazine in an article titled "Getting Deep and Breaking Rules" by Jennifer ODell. The article discusses a new wave of brass bands that are blending New Orleans street music with hip-hop and rap to create a totally new art form.
The Pitchblak Brass Band is a ten-piece New York City-based ensemble of composers, producers, artists, and rappers who have performed together since 2010. Drawing upon its members’ diverse musical backgrounds, styles, and visions, PitchBlak mixes hip-hop and brass to create music that pulses with Afro-Caribbean beats, soaring jazz solos, and mind-melting guitar licks. They infuse their hip-hop-driven music with funk, rock, jazz, and classical. "Pitchblak percussionist and emcee Chris Johnson also works as a classical bass player; guitarist Ben Brody plays classical French horn; and about half the group wrote the original music that appears on their debut album, "You See Us."
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