Mr. Lif & BRASS MENAZERI: RESILIENT
Official release date: November 3, 2017
In 2010, Hearth Music arranged the ground-breaking collaboration between Mr. Lif & Brass Menazeri for the 2010 Seattle Folk Festival. That work has inspired these artists to work together long-term. The fruits of their creative melding can be heard on their new release.
therealmrlif.com | Born and raised in Boston, Lif broke out with his seminal Enters The Colossus EP and quickly established himself as one of the most ambitious and forward-thinking MCs in the game. As the first artist to sign to the legendary Definitive Jux Recordings - a movement in both independent rap and independent music culture - Lif cemented his status with a string of critically acclaimed releases, including Emergency Rations, I Phantom, & the Perceptionists' Black Dialogue project.
A 9-time Boston Music Award winner, Lif has been featured on MTV, Rolling Stone, SPIN, The NY Times, The Village Voice, Entertainment Weekly, and XXL, among others. In 2011, Lif joined legendary world music group Thievery Corporation as a vocalist and member of the band's live performance troupe. His song "Culture of Fear" became the title track of their 6th studio album.
Lif has toured over 20 countries as a soloist, and has collaborated with a slate of critically acclaimed musicians including Aesop Rock, Cut Chemist, The Polish Ambassador, Galactic, Chali 2na, Jedi Mind Tricks, El-P, DJ Q-Bert, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Murs, and DJ Krush.
Long before the current Balkan brass music craze, as iconified by crossover artists like Beirut, NY's Balkan Beat Box, and Beats Antique the musicians of the San Francisco Bay Area's powerhouse Brass Menazeri Balkan Brass Band were already getting deep into the music.
A musical tradition developed over centuries by the Rom (“Gypsy”) communities of Serbia, Macedonia and Greece, it is as alive with ecstatic celebration as with despairing laments. Drawing on many of the characteristics common throughout the Balkans: odd-metered rhythms, riveting, often close harmonies, soulful improvisations, and a mission to get people dancing Brass Menazeri embraces it all.
They are steeped in tradition and yet bring their own 21st-century American sensibilities to every arrangement they create, every wild solo they take, every note they play. This is not museum music, nor a re-creation or an emulation. It is undeniably alive, played with skill and passion by seasoned musicians.