Great Integration: A Chamber Hip-Hop Opera (ft. Rico Pabon & Do D.A.T.)
In this final chapter of the ongoing Mik Nawooj saga, the Black Swordsman of Dominance is chosen to trigger the Great Integration of the world before the arrival of the Celestial King. When all five lords of the material realm are conquered, the old world we know merges into one and the Great Celestial King descends from ninth heaven to wipe out all the impurities of the world, thereby creating a new world with a brand new paradigm.
It is an allegory that JooWan Kim finds particularly apt for the approaching end times prophesied by the Mayan and other cultures in 2012 and, more importantly, for the new era that will be ushered in by these tribulations. Kim's music incorporates elements from hip-hop and classical, creating a unique hybrid in the spirit of George Gershwin and Astor Piazzolla, both of whom pushed and blurred the boundaries between vernacular and art music. Backed by his own Ensemble Mik Nawooj, featuring MCs Rico Pabón & Do D.A.T., JooWan succeeds in accomplishing what most musicians want to but are unable to do: create a new kind of music that combines genres that are seemingly incompatible with each other.
About JooWan Kim and Ensemble Mik Nawooj
Jazz legend Ahmad Jamal said, "In this day and age, for an artist to succeed, the talent has to be either exceptional or very different. JooWan Kim is both; exceptional and very different."
Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) performs innovative music of composer/pianist JooWan Kim, who blends such genres as classical, hip-hop, film music, jazz, and pop into a unique musical hybrid. Since the first public performance in spring of 2005, EMN has gathered much attention and shock from various music fans for its uncompromising blend of rap and classical. Ensemble Mik Nawooj has successfully merged the vernacular with traditional Western European music without losing the integrity of either genre. EMN, however, is neither a hip-hop band nor classical ensemble. It lies in the common place where all music lives and breathes, expanding and transmuting its sound.
JooWan Kim is a Taoist/Zen practitioner as well as a connoisseur of fine tea. In 2006, JooWan signed a management contract with the Jazz Legend Ahmad Jamal (2006-2009). In 2007, he received a lifetime endorsement from the Steinway and Sons Piano Company.
About Rico Pabón
Rico Pabón was born into a family of salsa musicians. He moved often between the Bronx, Boston and Daly City. Each new home had two things in common: financial tribulations and music. For Rico, hip hop is a form of oral history, one that passes along the details that schoolbooks leave out. He is a lead member of Project Bridge, formerly Prophets of Rage, and an MC for the local Afro-Latin Hip Hop band O-Maya (presently known as Aqua Libre). He has shared the stage with renowned artists such as RUN DMC, GANGSTARR, NICE & SMOOTH, DEAD PREZ, SPEARHEAD, WU TANG CLAN, FUGEES, ZION-I, PIRI THOMAS AND YOMO TORO. Rico has released 4 albums since 1995, has been a featured artist several times at La Peña's Hecho en Califas, and participated in the Fruitvale Project directed by Elia Arce in 2003.
About Do D.A.T.
Much like Digital Underground, Hieroglyphics and Living Legends did in the '80s and '90s, Do D.A.T. has been bending the sound of what hip hop is in the Bay Area. The 29-year-old emcee has rocked rallies and festivals alike with his group, The Attik, and its socially aware raps. D.A.T. has had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as KRS One, Little Brother, Guru, Ise Lyfe, The Team, Zion I, Mistah F.A.B., Aceyalone, Mystic, Clide Carson, E40, Crown City Rockers and Dead Prez. He has performed at venues throughout California, across the country to the East Coast, and a brief tour to Puerto Rico. If you only know The Town for its turf tales, D.A.T. is about to open your ears to a city and sound that embodies so much more.
Oakland Metro Operahouse (View)
630 3rd St.
Oakland, CA 94702
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