Beatbox. Orchestra. Hip-hop artist. Symphony musician. It’s not everyday that these things are talked about in the same sentence. And it’s certainly not everyday these two types of artists perform together.
On Thursday, March 13, the HPO Brass are teaming up with Hachey the MouthPEACE for an innovative and unique concert experience at the Baltimore House, one of Hamilton’s best local music clubs.
This isn’t the first time your HPO musicians have worked with the local beatboxer. Their performance on the Dr. Disc stage at Supercrawl 2013 attracted hundreds of viewers and was called “curiously sublime” by The Spec’s Graham Rockingham.
Hachey the MouthPEACE, aka Jason Hachey, is no stranger to collaborating with other artists, and has worked with various hip-hop, folk and alternative artists over his 13-year beatboxing career. But last year’s Supercrawl performance was his first time performing with a classical brass quintet. “For me, [Supercrawl] was exactly how I wanted it to be. It was mission complete…people are still talking about it,” says Hachey.
The experience was also a first for HPO musicians Michael Fedyshyn (trumpet), Mary Jay (trumpet), Neil Spaulding (horn), David Pell (trombone) and Mark Bonang (tuba), who were impressed with the skill and musicality Hachey possessed on his instrument.
So what can guests expect from Thursday nights Happy Hour with the HPO? “Expect something new you probably haven’t heard before and are definitely going to enjoy,” says Hachey. Even though the two genres are on seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum, “in the end it’s all music, and it’s all emotion,” he says. “Prepare to be blown away.”
Hachey the MouthPEACE is keeping a busy schedule over the next few months including representing the beatboxing community at Harbourfront’s Body Percussion Festival on March 30 and has a recording and tour to Japan in the works. So what are his thoughts on future collaborations with symphony orchestras? “I’d love to play with the whole orchestra,” he says.
Admission is $15 in advance so save some money and get tickets online here.
So join the HPO Brass and Hachey the MouthPEACE us this Thursday. The bar opens at 5:30 and music starts at 6pm, with multiple sets throughout the night. Great drinks and atmosphere are courtesy of Baltimore House, and a one-of-a-kind music experience by the HPO and special guest Hachey the MouthPEACE.
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Here’s a preview on what Hachey the MouthPEACE is capable of…