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    “Method Sampling: How to Build the Future Together” Documentary Film Premiere Screening & Discussion with Ensemble Mik Nawooj

    March 1
    7:00 pm
    8:30 pm


    "Method Sampling: How to Build the Future Together" Documentary Film Premiere Screening & Discussion with Ensemble Mik Nawooj

    Join us for the Bay Area premiere of the documentary film, “Method Sampling: How to Build the Future Together” featuring Ensemble Mik Nawooj, on Friday, March 1, 2024, at 7 PM. After the screening, we will have a Q&A with producer JooWan Kim and co-producer Christopher Nicholas.


    Method Sampling is the principle that any paradigm shifting change only happens by sampling and reframing differences that spark innovation. In this film, we will see how Kim tests his hypothesis, meeting a disabled choreographer who revolutionized modern dance, a self-taught Black mycologist who wrote the first books on Cordyceps cultivation, and a tiny house builder with a shipbuilding background who looks at houses as inverted boats. Additionally, Ensemble Mik Nawooj uses Method Sampling by fusing hip-hop and classical music to magical effect. 


    This film explores how Method Sampling may allow society to overcome the challenges it faces today.


    *There is limited seating for this event

    About Ensemble Mik Nawooj

    Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN)’s Hip-Hop Orchestra Experience is part concert, dance party, and club night featuring original music that samples from classical and hip-hop—all presented in an underground setting like the New York scene that birthed hip-hop. Their music uniquely challenges the MCs and classical musicians pushing the boundaries of both hip-hop and concert music, creating something completely new. The program includes seminal works of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven, deconstructed and reimagined with funky rhythms and rapid-fire rhymes.


    Led by composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, the Hip-Hop Orchestra ­Experience featuring EMN creates Metamusic by sampling principles of Hip-Hop and Classical. Executed with resident MCs, a lyric soprano, woodwinds, French horns, strings, piano, and drums, the music is rigorous, nuanced, accessible, and free from the dogmas of 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). 


    In today’s climate of fear and “fake news”, the story of the unjust World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans is a cautionary tale about this country’s democracy and the fragile balance of power within our government. While the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans has been acknowledged as a “mistake,” ALTERNATIVE FACTS challenges the historical narrative and promotes healthy dialogue about race, religion, and the importance of speaking out when our democracy falters.

    About the Film Producers

    Korean composer JooWan Kim, starting his formal composition studies in the U.S. at 20, embraced Zen meditation and Sundo. A pivotal moment occurred with the success of a novelty piece featuring an MC and chamber ensemble, reshaping Kim’s compositional direction. This marked an escape from the conventional concert music aesthetic. Kim developed Method Sampling, involving borrowing and reframing rationales from various fields. His work has gained recognition on platforms like National Geographic, ESPN, Wall Street Journal, Pitchfork, and the United Nations. He is represented by Opus 3 Artists. 


    Christopher Nicholas received a dual B.M. in Songwriting and Vocal Performance from Berklee College of Music in 2004 and an M.M. in Jazz Studies in 2009 from the University of North Texas. In 2010, alongside his college friend, composer/pianist, JooWan Kim, Christopher co-founded the Oakland based Hip Hop Orchestra Experience. Together, they have run the organization resulting in features, collaborations and commissions from Amazon, National Geographic, NPR, Pitchfork, ESPN, United Nations, and more. 


    March 1
    7:00 pm8:30 pm
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