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Orchestral Maneuvers in the dAKAH
April 23, 2008 3:00 PM   Subscribe

In LA, a 63 (70!)-piece orchestra blends the styles of Charles Mingus and Duke Ellington with hip-hop, European classical music, and free jazz. Spend some time with the dAKAH Orchestra and it's founder Geoff "Double G" Gallegos.
posted by mikoroshi (9 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
Are we doing jazz hip-hop again?
posted by humannaire at 3:54 PM on April 23, 2008


[But the title is a money shot, mikoroshi.]
posted by humannaire at 3:55 PM on April 23, 2008


When making music posts, folks, DON'T FEAR THE MYSPACE.

There's 3 tunes to listen to on daKAH's page.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 4:14 PM on April 23, 2008


Unfinished Symphony is groovy.
posted by eyeballkid at 4:33 PM on April 23, 2008


Are we doing jazz hip-hop again?
I wasn't aware we'd ever stopped.
Seriously, though, I think what sets dAKAH apart is the orchestration, the classical influences they blend with their jazz/hip hop/tribal grooves. It's a concoction that could easily come out clunky but dAKAH makes it work and the results are (IMHO) pretty crazy dope.
posted by mikoroshi at 4:53 PM on April 23, 2008


I wasn't aware we'd ever stopped.

AAAAAGGGHHHH! Make it STOP!!! Make it STOOOOOOP!

Jes' kiddin', mikoroshi. Thanks for the post.

But stop capitalizing that first a in their name. It's bugging me.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 5:42 PM on April 23, 2008


I think what I enjoy most about daKAH is that it (they) are going against the grain of hip hop as a confrontation, or battle, if you will, and instead settling into a more interdependent groove. Sometimes it is still a struggle to limit the "clunk", but daKAH seems more successful than most.

I see them upon that stage together and think...now that's a microcosm...but of what, I am not yet sure.
posted by squasha at 10:56 PM on April 23, 2008


I like this kind of stuff. Thanks, mikoroski.
posted by box at 4:42 AM on April 24, 2008


Interesting stuff mikoroshi and thanks for the MySpace link flapjax.
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen at 5:52 AM on April 24, 2008


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