Ensemble Mik Nawooj creates New American Art Music based on the musical materials of Hip-Hop and by sampling compatible classical compositional techniques. The music is rigorous, nuanced, accessible, and free from the dogmas of the Western European concert music aesthetic. We have achieved this by going “deeper” into the materials of Hip-Hop, both the raw musical elements and its methods of organization (i.e. sampling). These materials were then hybridized with the rationales and instrumentation of Western European classical music.
One of the main aims of EMN is to create a new concert music genre that rivals Western European classical music, which we believe is antiquated, irrelevant, and alienating to the general public.
We have a two-pronged approach toward achieving our goal:
- Creating awareness of New American Music from Hip-Hop through an annual summit.
The Future of Hip-Hop Summit will identifies and presents various innovators and disrupters in the main pillars of Hip-Hop; Dance, Graffiti, and Music (beats and rhymes). We host the conference bi-monthly around the greater Bay Area cultivating interest and presenting local artists. Once we have generated enough buzz around the event, we will turn it into a large-scale annual gathering that includes international artists showcasing their works, sharing their ideas on the innovations in their respective fields, and offering perspectives on the future of Hip-Hop. The conference, once established, will travel to various art meccas around the world to attract artists and thinkers of the highest caliber.
- Production of Hip-Hop Oratorios
A scalable and an experiential work featuring all the components of sub genres in Hip-Hop (music, dance, and graffiti). By injecting classical compositional techniques into the musical materials of Hip-Hop, using a chamber ensemble (or orchestra) with all classical instrumentations, two MCs, break dance inspired choreography, and graffiti inspired backdrops, we create a gesamtkunstwerk (total artwork) which breaks the conventional aesthetic stereotypes of classical/vernacular and fits uniquely into the modern world.
Unlike the conventional performing arts presentations, the Hip-Hop Oratorio adopts the origin of Hip-Hop as the underground party, allowing the patrons to be able to freely walk around and watch the dance and music making while imbibing the drinks.
It is in part underground party, part musical performance, and part dance show. There is a loose dramatic narrative which will be carried out by the music and dance.
Ensemble Mik Nawooj is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit performing arts organization. All donations are tax deductible.
Previous and current sponsors for Ensemble Mik Nawooj include: Google Ad Grant, Akonadi Foundation, The City of Oakland, Lyft, Oaklandish, Dandelion Chocolate, East Bay Fund for Artists, OwlNWood, Sole Space, Alameda Bicycle, Bike Hub, Amoeba Music Berkeley, East Bay Express, Hard Knock Radio, KALX 90.7 FM, KCSM 91.1 FM, KPFA 94.1 FM, SF Bay Guardian, Zellerbach Family Foundation, Clorox Artist Grant, Sarlo Foundation, Lagunitas Brewery, Speakeasy Ales & Lagers, Gordon Biersch, Good Vibrations, SF Mead, Piedmont Piano Company, and Dropcam.