Ensemble Mik Nawooj

(OLYMPIA, WA, January 17, 2022) Laughter and music are coming to the Center in February. Starting with Ensemble Mik Nawooj’s unique blend of hip-hop and classical, the Center has something for everyone this month. Richard Thompson, Comedy Underground, An Evening with Judy Collins, and hilarity from The Daily Show Writers Comedy Tour.

February 3 at 7:30pm Led by composer/pianist JooWan Kim, hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) creates Meta Music by sampling principles of both hip-hop and classical. Executed with MC/lyricist Sandman, a lyric soprano, flute, clarinet, violin, cello, piano, drums, and bass, the music is rigorous, nuanced, accessible, and free from the dogmas of the Western European concert music aesthetic. The result is seamless tête-à-tête with “textures swimming through the sound…like the world’s fastest ping-pong game” (Pitchfork) and is considered the “cutting edge of hip-hop” (Huffington Post).

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Classical hip-hop, hip-hop opera, hip-hopera – whatever you want to call it, it sounds incredible…and it is! Oakland’s Ensemble Mik Nawooj, led by composer/pianist JooWan Kim, subverts expectations with a multi-genre crew of flute, clarinet, violin, cello, drums, bass, an opera singer, and profound rhymes from mesmerizing MC/lyricist Sandman. Combining classical techniques and method sampling, EMN creates awe-inspiring arrangements that have been called “the cutting edge of hip-hop” (Huffington Post). It’s a mashup of the oldest old-school and the marvelously modern. Immerse yourself in the beat and beauty of music that both breaks you open and makes you whole.
Thursday, February 3, 7:30 pm, Washington Center Main Stage
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