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Orchestral Interpretations of J Dilla + Kenny Keys

  • Music, Rap, hip-hop and R&B
Kenny Keys
Photograph: Courtesy Chicago DCASE

Time Out says

Los Angeles composer, producer and DJ Miguel Atwood-Ferguson leads a 13-piece ensemble in a tribute to the music of instrumental hip-hop producer J Dilla (born James D. Yancey). Though he passed away in 2006, Yancey's musical legacy was cemented with the release of his final studio album, Donuts, which was composed using samples from 45 records and completed while Yancey was undergoing treatment for complications brought on by lupus. His meticulously-composed beats have lived on through the artists that Yancey worked with, including acts like the Roots and De La Soul. Atwood-Ferguson's orchestral tribute will build on his 2009 work "Suite For Ma Duke," which reinterpreted Yancey's output as chamber music compositions. Local keyboardist and beat-maker Kenny Keys opens this free Millennium Park Summer Music Series concert.


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