Ensemble Mik Nawooj brings the notion of ‘Cali Love’ to new heights with innovative hip-hop orchestration. The Bay Area collective is led by classically trained Korean composer JooWan Kim whose love for J Dilla‘s ‘method sampling’ pushed him to “create more complex and orchestral beats.” Kim sees hip-hop as the next great American indigenous art form and has made a name for himself elevating the genres novelty songs into large scale suites. The groups re-packaging of the Marlena Shaw classic “California Soul” is no exception, and when set against a blur of sun-baked West Coast imagery, succeeds in challenging the the status quo of hip hop production. Ensemble Mik Nawooj is bringing it’s forward thinking orchestra to Sausalito, CA this Saturday. Tickets available here.
posted by: Olinger New Music Daily