Armed with their unique signature sound, New York City's original hip-hop ensemble Mental Notes has been attracting diverse audiences for over a decade.
Their eclectic fusion of old school hip-hop, funk, electronica, jazz and acid rock continues to break the boundaries of the New York live music scene.
Mental Notes has consistently added to the pulse of New York's musical and social heartbeat. They have been a previous guest on Air America Radio, appearing on Chuck D's highly praised live talk show. Most recently, Mental Notes bassist and songwriter David Dovo composed the original film score for Jerusalem in Exile (part of the "Art and Apathy" film documentary project of Eyes Infinite Films), an official selection and winner of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival and Tribeca Film Festival. While the lead vocalist/emcee spiritchild has produced several film scores, spoken word albums for Nuyorican Slam Champion Ainsley Burrows and SmokiFantastic, as well as releasing several solo albums projects which include A tribute to Nina Simone, Eclipse of Hope and Dark Matters to list a few.
Collectively, the members of Mental Notes have collaborated and or shared the stage with a series of diverse artists including legendary producer Hank Shocklee, hip-hop virtuosos Dead Prez, Black Moon, soul-funk horn legends Tower of Power and Latin dance sensation Gloria Estefan.
Mental Notes vocalist spiritchild has been privileged to work with an array of artist from revolutionary spoken work activists Last Poets, grammy award winning nominee Maya Azucena, the legendary Les Nubians as well as Brooklyn's Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra. Bassist David Dovo's diverse talent has led him to create remixes for rap pioneers Public Enemy and work with such acclaimed jazz artists as saxophonist Daniel Carter and share the stage with Billy Martin of Medeski, Martin and Wood. Guitarist Fro has shared the stage with nationally recognized jazz-fusion artists Deep Banana Blackout, Garaj Mahal and the punk inspired Screaming Headless Torsos. Drummer Eran Asias toured the globe and recorded with such artists as Patty Smyth's Scandal, Will Lee and Dem Brooklyn Bums.
Together, this collection of prolific musicians create an intense listening experience that rivals any sound to come out of the hip-hop scene in recent memory. Mental Notes invites you to be a part of the rEvolution of sound by bringing their unique fusion of experimental hip-hop.
Mental Notes has toured internationally to Mumbai and New Dehli in India, Egypt, Switzerland, France, Germany, Prague, Amsterdam as well as National College and Community Tours throughout the states. Locally, Mental Notes has played the Blue Note, S.O.B's, CBGB's, Triad Theater, Nublu, The Knitting Factory and other local listings.