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BMP Launches Creative Sessions

Updated: Jun 23, 2021

BMP Creative Sessions brings together artists and educators to share innovative and culturally responsive practices aimed at redefining the sound and aesthetic of music education.

History of Hip Hop + The Craft of Rhyming

Join us on April 29th (7pm EST) for the first of three virtual BMP Creative Sessions featuring Bay Area-based hip-hop orchestra Ensemble Mik Nawooj (EMN).

Register on eventbrite here. (Suggested donation of $10.)

Proceeds from this series supports BMP's Student Scholarship Fund - ensuring that all BMP youth have access to high-quality music education and social-emotional learning.

During the April 29th History of Hip-Hop + the Craft of Rhyming workshop, EMN’s resident MC Sandman and executive director, Christopher Nicholas will lead a lecture in two parts.

The history, taught by Christopher, will be navigated through notable hip-hop repertoires and their sociocultural implications/influences.

The craft of rhyming, taught by Sandman, will include a technical discussion of vowel sonority, rhythm/meter, refrain, common verse form, and more. Participants will then be asked to write a two-bar rhyme according to a strict structure, after which they will freely write their own rap.


Method Sampling + Music Production

Join us on May 27th as JooWan Kim and Christopher Nicholas of EMN offer a session focused on EMN’s ideological framework, Method Sampling.

Register on eventbrite here. (Suggested donation of $10.)

EMN’s artistic director JooWan Kim will offer a session focused on EMN’s ideological framework, Method Sampling: a principle of borrowing or sampling of rationales from related as well as unrelated fields, then reframing them into one's own system. This will be anchored with the pieces EMN produced as well as examples of Method Sampling outside of the musical sphere.

In addition, EMN executive director Christopher Nicholas will join JooWan in listening to musical tracks created by BMP students, offering creative feedback in composition, form, orchestration, and production.


Check out "Bach on Transcendence" from their latest album "Death Become Life," available on all streaming platforms here.

About EMN 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, viola, cello, piano, drums, bass and a featured dancer, the music is rigorous, nuanced, accessible, and free from the dogmas of Western European concert music aesthetic. They have been featured on National Geographic, United Nations, ESPN, Upworthy, NowThis, Pitchfork, Wall Street Journal, NPR, SF Chronicle, OZY and more. They are represented by Opus 3 Artists. About our sponsor: Someone Else's Child Based in Eastern MA, the mission of Someone Else's Child (SEC) is to serve underrepresented children and teens by sponsoring programs and initiatives to support and empower their lives. Working throughout the USA and in Africa, SEC believes that it is the responsibility of a community to ensure the well-being and future success of every child. With an emphasis on education, literacy, the arts, children with disabilities and economic justice, SEC looks to break the cycle of inequality through innovative approaches that offer meaningful opportunities for vulnerable children and teens.

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