ENSEMBLE MIK NAWOOJ: a hip-hop orchestra

Please join us on Saturday, March 8th at 8pm for a special evening with Taoist composer/pianist JooWan Kim and his hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj, with special guest Zakiya Harris.

2135 High Street Oakland CA 94601

Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) performs the innovative music of composer/pianist JooWan Kim, who injects Western European Classical compositional techniques into such genres as hip-hop, rock, & pop. EMN’s current line up includes the usual Pierrot ensemble instrumentation (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano) with a lyric soprano, deep funk drums, a heavy contrabass, and two featured MCs.

Ensemble Mik Nawooj “defies such categories as jazz, classical, and hip-hop” (Oakland Tribune), is “ambitious” (The New Yorker), and is “a cosmic melding of culture and genres” (SF Chronicle). MTV called the group “thirsty to change the name of the game”, and NPR praised it by saying “Whoever said that chamber music couldn’t be hip obviously haven’t heard of Ensemble Mik Nawooj.”

JooWan calls the music he writes for Ensemble Mik Nawooj, “Hybrid Music” and believes that “hybridization” has been the force that shaped radical changes in music history since Debussy. He also believes that hybridization will elevate current pop music to the level of Western European classical in its rigorousness and varieties of techniques. Kim is a classically trained (but not classical) composer who holds degrees from Berklee College of Music (BM, summa cum laude, in composition) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM in composition).

Guest ::
 
Zakiya HarrisZakiya “Shapeshifter” Harris is a vocalist, dancer and actress who has been creating at the intersections of environmental justice, art and community for over 12 years. As a performing artist her works include: a live preview tour of her upcoming release “Shapeshifter” with performances at Art Basel, The Independent, The Life is Living Festival, The New Parish and Brick & Mortar. Recent stage work includes: The Ed Mock Project “He Moved Swiftly but Gently”, “Our Daily Bread” with Deep Waters Dance. She is also a westcoast member of the Neo-Folkloric ensemble Ase Dance Theater Collective.

About the Music Director JooWan Kim

Classically trained (but not classical) composer/pianist JooWan Kim is a summa cum laude graduate from the Berklee College of Music. Kim completed his studies at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music in 2006 (M.M. in composition). JooWan calls the music he writes for Ensemble Mik Nawooj “Hybrid Music” and believes that “hybridization” has been the force that shaped radical changes in music history since Debussy. He also believes that hybridization will elevate the current pop music to the level of Western European classical in its rigorousness and varieties of techniques. Kim is currently writing an article that outlines his disposition on the hybridization in all genres of modern music.

JooWan Kim is a Taoist/Zen practitioner who studied Taoist Internal Alchemy and Zen meditation under the venerable Hyunoong Sunim at Sixth Patriarch Zen Center in Berkeley for 7 years (1998-2005). He continues to maintain his daily practice.

Ensemble Mik Nawooj: a hip-hop orchestra
Saturday March 8th 2014, 7:30 pm doors, 8 pm music.
The Emerald Tablet, 80 Fresno St, San Francisco, CA 94133 (map)
$15 suggested donation, sliding scale. Door donations go to the musicians!
Nobody turned away for lack of funds.
Delicious complimentary snacks. Drinks by donation.

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