Simply Beautiful | Tribute to J Dilla in Cedar Falls


For most, J Dilla is considered one of the most  influential producers of all time in hip hop and even beyond the confines of the genre. For example, take a look at the Timeless series from Mochilla.  Timeless took the works of Arthur Verocai, Mulate Astatke, and J Dilla and had an orchestra re-interpret their music.

Timeless: The Composer/Arranger Series is the name of a concert series that was created in homage to the composer/arrangers who have influenced hip-hop in the most literal and profound ways. Timeless was conceived by production house Mochilla in Los Angeles during February and March 2009 and included the performances of over 150 musicians in front of ecstatic sold out crowds. These three historic events were recorded and filmed in exacting detail with Mochilla’s unmistakable style.

That really says a lot when a hip hop producer’s work is in company with some of the world’s amazing musical composers. The musical portion of J Dilla was entitled “Suite For Ma Dukes”

Here is a taste of this interpretation  recently done by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra as part of their tribute series to great composers. (shouts to Blind I)

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