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Kev Choice Ensemble: The Art of Composition
November 30, 2011
Pianist/M.C./Producer/Band-Director premieres excerpts from his new hip-hopera: The Chosen One
Wed, Nov 30
The theme for this special performance is "The Art of Composition" as Oakland M.C./Pianist/Composer Kev Choice and his dynamic Ensemble will focusing on compositions and instrumental works that he has written and compiled over the years. His compositions have a wide range of influence from Herbie Hancock to Maurice Ravel to J-Dilla. He will also cover select compositions from his favorite composers ranging from Stevie Wonder, Chopin, to Kanye West. In addition, Kev Choice will be premiering excerpts from his Hip-Hopera-"Electus Unus" (The Chosen One), which will feature the Ensemble joined by a string trio section and bassonist. "The Chosen One", a concept project that Kev has been working on for the past year, is a mythological story of a child who was sent to the Earth, from the Heavens, to save a self-destructing world with his extraordinary musical talents. The story is told in a rap style over lush string arrangements and classic hip-hop drum patterns. Extended intros, codas, modulations, thick instrumentation, lays the foundation of this half-fantasy/half-reality tale that stretches the boundaries of the hip-hop genre. As "Keyboard Magazine" recently tweeted, "Anyone who doesn't think real keyboard playing and rap dont mix, check Kev Choice".
Pianist/M.C./Producer/Band-Director, Kev Choice is a multi-faceted artist poised to take the music world to dimensions it has never before seen. Never before has an artist grounded in the Hip-Hop tradition, had this type of musical prowess. Classically and jazz trained, schooled in the classic era of Hip-Hop, and influenced by genres from all over the globe, Kev Choice is a unique artist with the capabilities to blend musical elements in a convincing manner. With a resume that includes a Master’s Degree in Music, and having toured the world professionally as a keyboardist and M.C. with a diverse list of artist such as of Lauryn Hill, D.J. Quik, Too Short, Dwele, Zion I, Goapele, LyricsBorn, Martin Luther, and Michael Franti and Spearhead, it is hard to deny the extreme gift that Kev Choice brings to the stage. Having formed his band, Kev Choice Ensemble, in 2007, Kev Choice began to focus on giving the world his unique sound and vision while presenting a powerful stage show. Kev Choice has named "Best Musician" and "Most Multi-Talented Instrumentalist" by East Bay Express in the past few years and also nominated for "Best Soul-Funk Artist" by SF WEEKLY on 3 different occasions. An M.C. that can deliver conscious, witty, relevant lyrics, while playing keys with the skill of a seasoned pianist, is a sight to behold and a breath of freshness to the industry.
The Kev Choice Ensemble has been one of the most dynamic bands in The Bay Area over the last 5 years. The Ensemble features a diverse array and mix of talented musicians with a broad range of talents from the jazz elements of Howard Riley and Geechi Taylor to the soulfulness of Viveca Hawkins voice or Greggo Simmons on guitar. The foundation is held together by the super solid Hassan Hurd on drums, the funk-rock presence of Uriah Duffy on Bass, and the seasoned stylings of Mike Blankenship on keys. For this show they will also be joined by Ajayi Jackson on bassoon and percussion, as well as a string trio featuring violin, viola, and cello. The Ensemble has been heralded as "the most musical hip-hop group ever".