Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Yoshi’s Oakland, CA
April 17, 2014 / DOORS: 10:00 PM


Yoshi's Oakland

510 Embarcadero W
Oakland, CA 94607
(510) 238-9200

Ensemble Mik Nawooj

Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) performs the innovative music of composer/pianist JooWan Kim, who injects Western European Classical compositional techniques into such genres as hip-hop, rock, & pop. EMN’s current line up includes the usual Pierrot ensemble instrumentation (flute, clarinet, violin, cello, and piano) with a lyric soprano, deep funk drums, a heavy contrabass, and two featured MCs.

JooWan calls the music he writes for Ensemble Mik Nawooj, “Hybrid Music” and believes that “hybridization” has been the force that shaped radical changes in music history since Debussy. He also believes that hybridization will elevate current pop music to the level of Western European classical in its rigorousness and varieties of techniques.

Kim is a classically trained (but not classical) composer who holds degrees from Berklee College of Music (BM, summa cum laude, in composition) and San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM in composition).

The music of Ensemble Mik Nawooj injects classical compositional techniques into hip-hop, indie rock, and pop 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).

Ensemble Mik Nawooj “defies such categories as jazz, classical, and hip-hop” (Oakland Tribune), is “ambitious” (The New Yorker), and is “a cosmic melding of culture and genres” (SF Chronicle). MTV called the group “thirsty to change the name of the game”, and NPR praised it by saying “Whoever said that chamber music couldn’t be hip obviously haven’t heard of Ensemble Mik Nawooj.”