Kwame Brandt-Pierce is a musician, writer, and educator from Brooklyn, NY.
In 1995 he graduated from Williams College with a B.A. in Political Science. He eventually returned to Brooklyn, where he was active in the burgeoning arts scene in Fort Greene.
In 1996 he formed his experimental band 3beanstew. Influenced by the music of Tom Waits, Sun Ra, Charles Mingus, and Parliament-Funkadelic, 3beanstew's performances are extremely theatrical, employing various artistic disciplines including puppetry, film, and dance.
The group held a residency at the Nuyorican Poets Café for 3 years before Brandt-Pierce was accepted to NYU’s Graduate Musical Theater Program on a full scholarship in 1999. While in school, he spent time abroad in Florence and Rome studying screenwriting and broadening his knowledge of film technique. In 2001 he graduated from NYU with an M.F.A. in musical theater.
That summer, Kwame landed a European tour with poet/actor Saul Williams and began his career as a professional touring musician. An accomplished pianist and composer, Kwame has since worked with several artists including, Solange Knowles, Carl Hancock Rux, Saul Williams, The Roots, Amel Larrieux, Pharoahe Monch, and Jean Grae.