Bruce Mack : Keyboard & Vocals

Bruce Mack

Bruce Mack

Musi­cian, Com­pos­er, Band­leader and Music Edu­ca­tor, Bruce Mack is a native New York­er, born in Brook­lyn, raised in Harlem & the Bronx.
Pri­ma­ry instru­ments are voice, elec­tron­ic key­boards, and per­cus­sion.

A band­leader for over 30 years, B. Mack has led some excel­lent bands such as PBR Street­gang (most notable), Rebels Be Phuncky, The Bruce Mack Expe­ri­ence, and Tricky Dilem­ma, fea­tur­ing tal­ent­ed artists such as the late Guru of GangStarr, Ati­ba Wil­son, Mark Peter­son, Me’Shell Nde­geO­cel­lo, Mar­que Gilmore, Tru, Jorge Sylvester, David Fiuczyn­s­ki, Bri­an Hard­grove, Val-Inc, Damon Mendes, Andrew Lamb and has part­nered with gui­tarist/­com­pos­er-Mar­vin Sewell for var­i­ous col­lab­o­ra­tions since 1995. Mack has per­formed with Gene Williams, Ver­non Reid, Maya Azu­ce­na, Coop­er-Moore, Dean Bow­man, Men­ace, Edric DuBose, Vision Quest, the Black Rock Coali­tion Orches­tra and is a reg­u­lar record­ing and tour­ing mem­ber of Burnt Sug­ar the Arkestra Cham­ber. Mack is cur­rent­ly front­man and lead writ­ing col­lab­o­ra­tor in The Rules of Aquah.

Mack came unto the nation­al music scene in 1985–86 lead­ing the band PBR Street­Gang with the release of indie-sin­gle ‘Chem­i­cal Pol­lu­tion’, co-pro­duced with friend and band-mate Ken Edmonds. It was released on the inde­pen­dent label Attic Sounds, which they found­ed and ran out of their apart­ments in Brook­lyn & Hol­lis Queens. The record did very well on the col­lege cir­cuit and received tremen­dous sup­port from the new­ly formed Black Rock Coali­tion (BRC). The sound was a nod to hip-hop, but most of the music cre­at­ed by PBR was very Punk-Funk-Alternative-Rock-R&B. Anoth­er record­ing by PBR titled “Didn’t Live Long” was fea­tured on the BRC’s com­pi­la­tion ‘His­to­ry Of Our Future’ on Rhi­no Records and anoth­er indie release on Attic Sounds (PBR Street­gang Live in Philly). In 1995, an indie label in Detroit (Zahm­bee-Karlt Records) over­seen by gui­tarist Jake Smith (Broth­ers From Anoth­er Plan­et) released a com­pi­la­tion CD titled ‘Detroit Under­ground’ which fea­tured a PBR favorite “6:30″.

Mack has com­posed music for Thirteen/WNET New York MTV, Naked Angels The­atre, Risa Jaroslow Dance Com­pa­ny, film­mak­ers Gor­don Skin­ner, Jeff Giles and the late Ger­ry Gon­za­lez. As pres­i­dent of the Black Rock Coali­tion for over 10 years, Mack co-pro­duced 2 CDs for the BRC titled ‘Black­er Than That’ and ‘The Bronze Bucka­roo Rides Again’. Fol­low­ing the lead of the organization’s founder, gui­tarist Ver­non Reid, Mack made many con­tri­bu­tions to the orga­ni­za­tion such as pow­er­ful trib­utes to Jim­my Cas­tor, Jimi Hen­drix, the Blax­ploita­tion film era, and the con­nec­tions of African-Amer­i­can, Latin artist and their music (The Afro-Latin Con­nec­tion) in Amer­i­ca at inter­na­tion­al and venues such as Brook­lyn Acad­e­my of Music’s Majes­tic The­atre, Town Hall, CBG­Bs, and the now defunct Wet­lands.

Aside being a cre­ative per­former, for over 20 years Mr. Mack has been a teach­ing mod­el and instruc­tor for orga­ni­za­tions such as ArtsCon­nec­tion, Hen­ry Street Set­tle­ment, Uni­ver­si­ty Set­tle­ment, Hud­son Reper­to­ry Dance The­ater (New Jer­sey) and The Door – a mul­ti-faceted youth ser­vices agency in New York City. Since 1999, Mack has been the res­i­dent teach­ing artist at P.S.3 The John Mel­sner School in the West Vil­lage, NY with an award-win­ning doc­u­men­tary film “When Fried Eggs Fly” (2006) about his work, pro­duced by Con­stan­tine Limperis.