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Great Integration: A Chamber Hip-Hop Opera
Club Oasis
Oakland, CA
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Great Integration: A Chamber Hip-Hop Opera
As part of Zon26 & Holla Box Marketing: A Summer Concert Series

Great Integration  "defies such categories as jazz, classical, and hip-hop" (Oakland Tribune), is "ambitious" (The New Yorker), and "breaks established boundaries between genres and styles" (SF Examiner). NPR praised it by saying "nobody has ever attempted anything like this on such a large scale, or with such sophistication".

Great Integration tells a story of the end of the old world and the beginning of the new; a story that is particularly apt for the approaching end times prophesied by the Mayan calender.

The music of Great Integration incorporates elements from hip-hop and classical, creating a unique hybrid that sounds like something Wu-Tang Clan producer The RZA might conjure up if he got his hands on the Kronos Quartet (SF Weekly).

Backed by his own Ensemble Mik Nawooj, featuring MCs Rico Pabón & Do D.A.T., JooWan Kim succeeds in creating 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 the innovative music of composer/pianist JooWan Kim, who blends classical, hip-hop, film music, and pop into a unique musical hybrid. Since its first public performance in spring of 2005, EMN has generated both shock and praise from audiences and critics alike for its uncompromising blend of rap and classical. Ensemble Mik Nawooj is the first and the only band that successfully merged pop with traditional Western European music without losing the integrity of either genre.

Music director of EMN, JooWan Kim, is a Taoist/Zen practitioner as well as a lifetime endorsee from the Steinway and Sons Piano Company.

About Rico Pabón

Rico Pabón was born into a family of salsa musicians. For Rico, hip hop, like all storytelling, is a form of oral history - one that passes along the details textbooks seem to 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, Dead Prez, Spearhead, Wu Tang Clan, The Fugees, and Zion I.

About Do D.A.T.

Do D.A.T. has been bending the sound of hip hop music in the Bay Area. The 29-year-old emcee has rocked rallies and festivals alike with his group, The Attik. D.A.T. has had the privilege of sharing the stage with artists such as: KRS One, Zion I, Mistah F.A.B., Aceyalone, E40, Crown City Rockers, and Dead Prez. 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.



Club Oasis (View)
135 12th Street
Oakland, CA 94607
United States

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Arts > Opera
Music > Classical
Music > Experimental
Music > Hip Hop & Rap

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


Owner: JooWan Kim
On BPT Since: Mar 16, 2010
Christopher Nicholas

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