HipHop: Art Music of the Future is a live album taken from a concert of the same name. Performed April 6th, 2009, the concert was the brainchild of emcee/composer Rico Sisney. It focuses on some of the basic elements of HipHop compared and contrasted with elements of classical and jazz composition. It features a jazz song cycle as well as 12-tone and octatonic pieces. The message is that all music should be accessible to the people, not just academia. And nothing has to be "dumbed down."
The musicians include Charles Coffeen and Garrett Mcginn, the keys player and bass player for Sidewalk Chalk of which Rico is also a member; Drummer Rob Dicke; percussionist Chris Paquette; a string quartet featuring Johnathan De Souza on Viola, Chris Beckstrom on Saxophone, and Sally Blandon on Backup Vocals. Fellow Sidewalk Chalk Vocalist Maggie Vagle Contributes in a variety of roles and basketQase Rodriguez makes an appearance.
released 12 September 2010
Viola - Johnathan DeSouza
Cello - Hillary Bauer
First Violin - Alexander Stabrawa
Second Violin - Christine Knodle
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