“The Beast” – Durham-based quartet brings hip hop and jazz to schools!

19-1024x682The Beast is dedicated to education and cultural outreach. Beautifully rebellious and refreshingly original, The Beast is one of the most imaginative bands to emerge from North Carolina’s burgeoning music scene. The Durham-based quartet fearlessly navigates worlds of hip hop and jazz with compelling lyrics, progressive compositions and a gripping live show.

The Beast developed its sound at UNC-Chapel Hill where pianist Eric Hirsh, drummer Stephen Coffman, and bassist Peter Kimosh studied jazz, while emcee Pierce Freelon developed his intelligent lyricism in classrooms and music venues across campus. The quartet joined forces after graduating in 2007. http://www.thebeastmusic.com/

The Beast has offered programs through CAPS since 2011. The groups school performance called Sankofa is based on the history of African-American music.

Sankofa: African American music from spirituals to hip hop
Grade Levels: K – 12
Audience Size: Up to 1500
Length: 45 Min

Led by Professor Pierce Freelon, Hip-Hop and Jazz quartet The Beast will weave the story of African American music into an interactive informance (information-performance). Performing original songs, as well as standards from the spiritual, blues, jazz and Hip-Hop canon, The Beast will introduce students to a revolutionary new style of music while paying homage to the musicians who came before them. More here.

Performance Fee:

Single Performance: $1,125.00

Two Performance: $1,550.00

Book Sankofa: African American Music