Ensemble Mik Nawooj comes out of Oakland, California, to debut their Death Become Life at the Apollo Music Café at the foot of the historic Apollo Theater on 125th Street in Harlem March 4. Band leader JooWan Kim has written and arranged this ambitious work as the follow-up to their terrific 2016 The Future Of Hip-Hop. Not unlike Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, Kim’s vision incorporates multiple genres, even using a chamber orchestra in deconstructing 1990s rap from both coasts to tell his story of loss and transformation.
Hip-Hop/Classical Synthesis: Ensemble Mik Nawooj
—by Mike Greenblatt, March 1, 2017