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ITS HypNO THERApy; Funky chicago braSS enSemble to jazz it up in city HoT sTUFF: Arcade Fire.

if you're not familiar with the work of the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, you're in for an absolute treat next Friday when Live and Death present the only Belfast show this year by the ninepiece American brass band.

More recently found gracing headline festival stages supporting the likes of Blur, or performing with Gorillaz, HBE will appear in the city's newest and most unusual venue, Double Yellow.

The ensemble include eight brothers from the south side of Chicago and boast an extraordinarily musical upbringing.

Other sisters and brothers are professional musicians and Philip Cohran, their father, has roots running back to Mississippi, with time in the musical hothouse of 1940s St Louis and a seminal role with Sun Ra in Chicago in the 1950s.

When Ra left for the east coast in 1960 Phil stayed in Chicago. By the time the members of the HBE were growing up, Phil's work as a musical activist and educator had led to the establishment of a space called the Sun Ark in a warehouse behind the family home.

At night when they went to bed the children would hear their father rehearsing with his band the Circle Of Sound.

They were wakened at 6am for several hours of music practice before going to school and from an early age they were a central part of their father's youth ensemble. A tighter group of funk and jazz musicians you will not experience.

The viral videos of HBE busking at New York subway stations have become the stuff of legend and helped propel the guys to worldwide stardom.

Last time they played here was to a total sell-out crowd at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival and since then they have toured with Gorillaz played main stage at Electric Picnic and headlined the Sea Sessions festival, as well as making a number of appearances on Later with Jools Holland.

Local ska heroes Pocket Billiards will provide support, bringing their own blend of horns, drums and guitars to the mix and excellent Derry DJ Jonny Delaney will be dropping the before, after and interlude beats.

This whole show is also supportive of and supported by Love Music/ Hate Racism NI. Advance tickets are pounds 12.50, available from all Ticketmaster outlets.

If any tickets remain at the door these will be priced at pounds 15. We haven't experienced the surrounds of Double Yellow yet, but it seems to be somewhere in the vicinity of the Venue if you know where that is/was/ used to be!
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
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Date:Jul 29, 2011
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