Athens Hip Hop Harmonic performance

Athens Hip Hop Harmonic
Thursday, October 20 at 7:30 PM
UGA Performing Arts Center

FREE, family-friendly, no tickets required

Launched in August 2021, the Athens Hip Hop Harmonic is a multi-year collaboration between the local Hip Hop community and the UGA Hodgson School of Music, supported by UGA’s Arts Lab. It is produced by saxophone professor Connie Frigo, who developed it in collaboration with Hip Hop impresario Montu Miller and Mariah Parker (aka Linqua Franqa), along with a team of other artists, educators, and supporters eager to create music together to explore our mutual artistic and cultural curiosities. We started with a simple question: What would happen if a Hip Hop artist and a classically-trained composer co-created a piece of music? Answer: Come to the show to find out!

Building upon what we started last year, this special show – our biggest to date – features premieres of music co-created by (4) Hip Hop artists and (4) UGA composers, performed by (4) UGA ensembles. There are approx. 100 undergraduate and graduate student performers involved. Montu Miller will serve as emcee.

Hip Hop artists include recent Athens Music Walk of Fame inductee Ishues, the 2020 Vic Chestnutt Songwriter of the Year Cassie Chantel, compelling and soulful alternative R&B singer Convict Julie, and dynamic poet and spoken word performer Celest Ngeve.

UGA composers include piano and African American studies professor James Weidman, commercial music and media professor Tom Hiel, composition/music education major Ayako Pederson-Takeda, and composition/performance major Julien Berger.

The featured UGA ensembles include the African American Choral Ensemble, Jazz Combo, Wind Symphony, and Contemporary Chamber Ensemble.

Youtube channel featuring collaborative performances: