Hip Hop Orchestra Experience


Hip Hop Orchestra Experience

Led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, The Hip-Hop Orchestra Experience, featuring Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN), creates Metamusic by sampling principles of Hip-Hop and Classical music. Executed with resident MCs, a lyric soprano, turf dancer, woodwinds, french horn, strings, piano, and drums, the music is rigorous, nuanced, and accessible. This production is a collaboration with Newbery College for Dufford Diversity Week and underwritten by Dr. Bill Dufford.


Wednesday, October 18, 2023 at 7:30 P.M.
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After a successful performance of a novelty piece that featured an MC and chamber ensemble while JooWan Kim was completing his master’s degree at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the MC at the time suggested they make an album together. Six months later and writing about an hour of music, Kim had a profound shift in the direction of his writing. He felt that he found a way out of the stifling contemporary concert music aesthetic in this new way of composition. JooWan crystallized his ideas into Method Sampling, a principle of borrowing or sampling of rationales from related as well as unrelated fields, then reframing them into one's own system.

In 2010, JooWan Kim recruited his best friend from college, Christopher Nicholas, to push the project forward in a serious way. Since then, the group has attracted some of the most excellent classical musicians and MCs in the SF Bay Area while gaining national attention from outlets such as ESPN, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, NPR, Pitchfork, Upworthy, NowThis, and more.



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