PitchBlak Brass Band is a Brooklyn based, ten-piece brass band whose style and sound represent hip-hop from the 1980's to present day. A diverse group of young musicians, composers & artists who truly represents the new and vibrant undercurrents of the city.
PitchBlak has performed at Brooklyn Bowl, 92YTribeca, the late Southpaw, SOB's, The Shrine, Toronto's NXNE Music Festival, The 1st Annual Bob Stewart Tuba Competition (which we WON!) and most recently completed its first tour of the Northeast. In November 2012, PitchBlak was invited to record at the coveted Converse Rubber Tracks recording studio in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, where many established and up and coming artists have been invited to record and perform.
Band members are active in community outreach programs and in classrooms throughout the city, teaching and mentoring other young musicians. PitchBlak’s members come to the band with an incredible diversity of musical background and training, infusing their hip-hop-driven music with funk, rock, jazz, and classical. The result is a style as fresh as their dreads, shades, and dashikis—rich brass harmonies, lyrical hooks, tongue-twisting raps, and rhythms that make your blood race.
Karikatura makes life-affirming, body-shaking music that moves people around the world. While the band has toured everywhere from Japan to Brazil, New York City is home. With bright horns, socially conscious lyrics and booty-bouncing beats, Karikatura delivers real songs that transcend style and genre.
An organic synthesis of all the music heard blasting out of car windows and shops onto the streets of NYC, Karikatura lives where cumbia meets hip-hop, reggae meets klezmer and indie-rock meets afrobeat. Neither purist nor revivalist, this is music of the present, for the future.
For nearly 7 years, William B. Johnson’s Drumadics ‘Beat-N-Brass’ band has thrilled audiences across the country with their tremendous energy and their proven ability to entertain audiences of all ages. Driven by the raw power of the bucket drum and a strong emphasis on the down beat, Drumadics clever fusion of woodwind, stirring brass and unorthodox drum styles delivers a unique and distinct sound! With Afro Centric, Latin, Pop, Hip-Hop and Soul highlights, this World-Beat/Jam Band dances at the musical crossroads of American and Industrial music.
Under Johnson's direction the band has supported multiple arts organizations as a part of their music education curriculum for the last four years. With increasing demand and an ever-expanding fan base, Drumadics has performed at top NYC performance venues and spaces including, B.B. Kings, Webster Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom, The Knitting Factory, Terminal 5, Lincoln Center, and more. They have performed for the New York Knicks, Cirque du Soleil and The 2013 U.S. Open. Drumadics has opened for such artists as Eve, Raphael Saadiq, Wyclef Jean and Lenny Kravitz. William B. Johnson’s Drumadics has performed for several festivals as well. Holding strong to their NYC sound, the root and origin of the band, they can still be seen performing in and around New York City Streets & Subways.