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From Legendary Roots to Composing Music for “The Hunger Games,” Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Now Comes to Soka

From Legendary Roots to Composing Music for “The Hunger Games,” Hypnotic Brass Ensemble Now Brings their Talents to Soka Performing Arts Center


Aliso Viejo, CA – With a blending of traditional jazz, hip hop, funk and soul, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble has been taking the world by storm and now performs at Soka Performing Arts Center on Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 8 p.m. Single tickets are $30 for adults; and $26 for students, seniors and active military families. Tickets for groups of 10 or more are $25 each. Purchase tickets online at or by calling 949-480-4ART (4278).

The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble is a family band consisting of seven blood brothers from Chicago who began their musical training at the tender ages of four and five by their father, jazz trumpeter/band leader Kelan Phil Cohran (Earth, Wind and Fire; Chaka Khan; Sun Ra). One of HBE’s songs, “War,” can be heard as a featured song on the international blockbuster movie “The Hunger Games.” The brothers’ musical upbringing and subsequent success is the subject of the documentary “Brothers Hypnotic” by Reuben Atlas, which will be screened at Soka before the concert.

Although the group’s early musical training encompassed primarily elements of instrumental performance, the brothers were personally being exposed to the music of their own generation (hip hop, rock, reggae) and absorbed these components into the cosmic jazz style of their father. By 1999, the band of brothers discontinued playing with their dad in order to find their own sound, growing into the band now known as Hypnotic Brass Ensemble. Since then, the musical style of HBE “had blossomed and come into its own” (The New York Times). They have performed with Prince, Mos Def, Snoop Dogg, Bobby Womack, Mick Jones (The Clash) and Gorillaz.

In 2001, HBE independently cut and released their first LP “Satin” (for which they received an American Author’s Award). Using street performance as a way to broaden their audience and hone their now distinctive sound, they found success at the grass roots level, garnering more than 50,000 in sales nationwide. By 2008, HBE had performed their original tunes in every corner of the world to audiences as big as 110,000 and premiered music at venues around the world including London’s Ronnie Scotts, Australia’s Sydney Opera House, New York City’s Carnegie Hall and Coachella Music Festival. The band is currently based in New York City.