Each song is accompanied by something very fragile, and then it builds into something much more pure and dynamic. This album is honestly worth your money.
Favorite track: Hope Springs Eternal.
Classical music plus hip hop. It would be a cheap conceit if it weren't done with such incredible mastery. The rappers are layered back in the mix becoming another instrument in a gorgeous tapestry of rhythm and melody.
Favorite track: Morning Light.
Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a composer ensemble that performs the innovative music of composer/pianist JooWan Kim who injects Western European Classical compositional techniques into such genres as hip-hop, rock & pop. Featuring a 6-piece chamber orchestra, 2 MCs, deep funk drums and a lyric soprano, the group has been featured on ABC 7, MTV, NBC, NPR, The New Yorker & more.
released September 6, 2014
Music Director/composition/piano- JooWan Kim
MCs & Lyricists- Do D.A.T. & Sandman
Soprano- Lauren Woody
Flute- Carmen Lemoine
Clarinet- Nick Litwin
Violin- Michele Walther
Cello- Gabriel Beistline
Bass- James Schulz
Drums- Louis Flores Jr.
All music composed by JooWan Kim
All lyrics by Do D.A.T. & Sandman
C.R.E.A.M. originally by Wu-Tang Clan
Variation composed by JooWan Kim
Additional lyrics by Do D.A.T. & Sandman
Mixed by Reto Peter
Engineered & Mastered by Jeremy Goody
Recorded @ 25th Street Recording Studio, Oakland, CA
Produced by JooWan Kim & Christopher Nicholas
Executive producers: Harriet “Auntie” Jennings, Mel & Maxine, Linda Lucero & Ray Moisa, Robbin Rae, Laurene Stoeppelwerth, Troika, and Anne Wind
Special thanks to: Brad, Gypsy Eyes, Margena Wade-Green, Mark Holtz, Harriet “Auntie” Jennings, Jong K Kim, Lauren, Dan Lee, David Lee, Mel & Maxine, Linda Lucero & Ray Moisa, Nate Nevado, my parents Juan & Rachel Nicholas, Raymond "EntelyJent" Nicholson, Dan & Jane Parker, Marc B in PCB, The Ikeda Huang Project, Jack Rabbits, Robbin Rae, Arnold Shepherd, Shunji, Laurene Stoeppelwerth, Terry, and Troika
Design by Rich Black
This album is dedicated to Ke Sook Kim (1950 - 2014) & Louis E. Clemence (1925 - 2014)