What Is Soulchestra?

Pirahnahead in session with Soulchestra players
Pirahnahead in session with Soulchestra players

Soulchestra (sōlkəstrə) noun.; Pirahnahead's outlet for string arrangements - as well as brass, woodwinds and other orchestral instruments.


Trained under the wing of legendary Motown arranger Paul Riser, (and Motown/Stax arranger Johnny Allen), Pirahnahead has an edge in today’s music industry, which has become a much needed element in today's music: classical orchestration. Formally educated by the late Matt Michaels (at Wayne State University), his understanding of stringed instruments and enriched harmonies make him a sought-after musical director and producer. The lush element of his string arrangements can be heard on The Foreign Exchange's 2013 long awaited fourth LP “Love In Flying Colors” which climbed up three of Billboard’s charts (incl. The R&B / soul charts), as well as Quentin Harris' dance / club hit “Give It 2 U (ft. Ultra Nate)” which won an IDMA award, and topped the billboard's dance/play charts. Also, included on Shuya Okino's 'United Legends' projects in Japan reached #1 on the J-pop charts. The “Soulchestra” (pirahnahead’s large 17 piece string orchestra, led by some of Detroit's finest orchestra musicians) has been featured on Grammy award winning albums by such legends as Stevie Wonder, Raphael Saadiq, Joss Stone, Kem and (the late) Teena Marie. Pirahnahead and 'Soulchestra's magic can be heard on R&B/Soul duo The Foreign Exchange’s “Love In Flying Colors” (which climbed three of billboard’s charts), Tom Glide & the Luv All-Stars (alongside the EWF/Phenix Horns, Larry Dunn, and a host of notable musicians), many EDM projects for Shuya Okino, Quentin Harris, DJ Spinna, Clara Hill. Notable R&B producer Brandon Williams’ “XII” project, Shaun Martin and Carmen Rodgers. As of recently Pirahnahead arranged and conducted strings for Hip-Hop royalty De La Soul’s long awaited album ‘And The Anonymous Nobody’, where his lush arrangement accompanies Jill Scott on 'Genesis' which is the intro, 'Pain' with Snoop Dogg, and 'Memory of ...(US)' featuring Estelle, and Pete Rock, and closing the album with 'Exodus'.

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