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Ensemble Mik Nawooj at Doudna March 30

Come and witness this amazing hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj perform in the Doudna's Dvorak Concert Hall on Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.  Led by composer/pianist JooWan Kim, Hip Hop Orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN) creates Metamusic by sampling principles of 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 Western European concert music aesthetic. The result is seamless t tete-a-tete with “textures swimming through the the world’s fastest ping-pong game” (Pitchfork) and is considered the “cutting edge of hip-hop” (Huffington Post).

In 2010, JooWan Kim recruited his best friend from college, Christopher Nicholas, to push his Method Sampling principal forward in a serious way. Since then, EMN attracted some of the most excellent classical musicians and MCs in the SF Bay Area while gaining national attention from outlets such as ESPN, Wall Street Journal, NPR, Upworthy, NowThis, and more.

Tickets are on sale now at or you can call our box office at (217) 581-3110.  Groups of 4+ save $5.00 per ticket. 

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