The Beast

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 is dedicated to education and cultural outreach. The group has developed workshops on the history of African-American music, based on a curriculum founded by emcee Pierce Freelon. Freelon is a professor of African American Studies at UNC and NCCU. Pianist Eric Hirsh, Drummer Stephen Coffman and Bassist Peter Kimosh all earned music degrees from UNC-CH. BOOK ‘THE BEAST’

GRADES: Pre-K K 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Sankofa: African American Music From Spirituals to Hip Hop

Professor Pierce Freelon and 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, 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. Students will participate in performances by engaging in call and response through interactive songwriting and improvisation.

The Beast from Durham Arts Council on Vimeo.

Special Requirements: At least a 12×12 stage or performance area. 12 bottled waters. Optional Requirements: PA system to supplement the equipment that we will provide.

Maximum Participants: 1500

Duration: 45 Minutes

Performance Fee:

Single Performance: $1,000.00

Two Performance: $1,500.00