Oakland composer explains his hip hop "conversion"

Oct 15, 2015

Classically trained composer and pianist JooWan Kim's new performance piece, The Town on Notice from Dimensions Dance Theater, is about Oakland’s gentrification. Together with his group Ensemble Mik Nawooj, Kim fuses hip-hop and classical elements together to make what he calls “hybrid music."

Kim spoke with KALW’s Jen Chien about his musical influences. 

KIM: I like to say Dr. Dre baptized me in the river of hip hop.

The Town on Notice premieres on Friday October 17th at Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts in Oakland.