Soul Restoration Suite & Oakland Riviera
Kev Choice with Awesöme Orchestra Collective
Awesöme Orchestra Collective's Session 65 is an epic collaboration with Oakland's own Kev Choice
Saturday, March 23, 6PM - Oakland Center for Spiritual Living
This concert is open to the public, but due to limited capacity and seating availability, you can reserve a seat ahead of time by making a donation --> click the Ticket Reservations button above! We suggest a donation of $30-$40 to cover costs and support the artists. Doors open to ticket reservation holders at 5:30, then we open to general admission seating just before the 6 PM showtime.
Kev Choice will perform his previously commissioned work by the Oakland Symphony, Soul Restoration Suite with Awesöme Orchestra under the direction of conductor David Möschler. The piece is a combination of Hip-Hop meets Classical, Soul, R&B, and Jazz and features Kev Choice as a pianist and M.C. The performance will also feature the Kev Choice Ensemble, Oakland School For The Arts High School Vocal Chorus, and special guest Jennifer Johns and Viveca Hawkins. They will also be performing selections form Kev Choice’s critically acclaimed album Oakland Riviera, commemorating five years of its release.
Soul Restoration Suite is Kev Choice’s musical revival, rejuvenation, reestablishment, and transformation. Having been composing and writing songs, raps, and jazz pieces since a child, this is his first work for full orchestra. Choice set out to blend influences from classical music composers such as Ravel, Chopin, Beethoven, and Rachmaninoff with elements of Hip-Hop production from greats such as A Tribe Called Quest, Jay Dilla, Kanye West, Hieroglyphics, and Dr. Dre. Kev was also heavily influenced and inspired by artists such as Stevie Wonder, Prince, Marvin Gaye, 80s and 90s R&B, and rap music of today.
“I put together Soul Restoration Suite like I was doing an album or EP”, says Kev Choice. “I wanted to mix it up with songs that had lyrics and some that were instrumental. Instead of using my old music, which I have often seen hip-hop artist do when working with a symphony, I wanted to create new songs specifically for orchestra, which I haven’t seen done before.” The piece was first performed with Oakland Symphony under the direction of Michael Morgan on March 23, 2018 at a sold-out Paramount Theater in Oakland, CA.
Oakland Riviera, released in 2014, was Kev Choice’s first solo project to get widespread recognition. SFWeekly named it one of the best Hip-Hop projects in the Bay Area that year. The album featured notable artists Mistah F.A.B, Zumbi of Zion I, Martin Luther, Lalin St. Juste from The Seshen, Phesto Dee from Souls Of Mischief, Kevin Allan, Erk Tha Jerk, and more.