JENNIFER JOHNS MIXTAPE RELEASE PARTY
"The Chronicles of the Aquarian Mind", Produced by Kev Choice, Nina*Sol, DJ Leydis, DJ Cam Con
579 18th St
Oakland, CA, 94612
This event is 18 and over
Produced by Kev Choice
Pianist. Emcee. Producer. Bandleader. Sideman. Music historian. Kev Choice wears many hats, and all of them fit. Blessed with prodigious talent, plus the skill and dedication to his craft to pull it off, the Oakland-based artist is redefining what it means to be a musician in this day and age. Not too many classically-trained pianists who hold Master’s degrees in jazz can rock microphones with blazing-hot 16s.
Yet such versatility comes natural to Choice, whose diverse array of influences ranges from Prince to Rakim to A Tribe Called Quest to Stevie Wonder to McCoy Tyner to Chopin and Ravel.
“I grew up in the Hip-Hop era,” he explains. “I had love for Hip-Hop before I even knew what classical music really was.” Hip-Hop, he says, “was always the music that helped me express myself the most,” while “Classical music gave me a broader understanding and appreciation for music beyond Hip-Hop.”
Choice remembers being “heavily into vinyl” as a young child, which helped him to develop his ear for music. He began playing piano at age 11, and was soon recognized as a prodigy. As a teenager, Choice played in classical and jazz ensembles as part of the UC Berkeley Young Musicians Program, and continued his studies at Xavier University of Louisiana (New Orleans)–where he graduated with a (BM) in music– and Southern Illinois University (Carbondale)–where he graduated with a (MM) in music.
Nina Sol (::Space is the Place::)
"mu•sic•head": a person who possesses a genuine love and respect for music as the heartbeat of unifying souls.
The quintessential "musichead," Nina Sol is taking her audience higher-- where music transcends sound and becomes VIBE! Combining an old school sensibility and new school intuition, Nina Sol breaks through genre-constraints and elevates the common denominator—SOUL. Musical flavors from hiphop to bebop, afrobeat to broken beat, cosmic jazz'n' funk, future soul and spiritual house brewing a treat for your ears & soul. A San Diego transplant, Nina Sol has created fresh events such as Jazz Cats, ::FREE::, The Love Below, held down residencies at Nihon, Skylark, and the Puma Store, & guest DJ'd parties such as Recess, Extended Play, Blessed, & Art Murmur 1st Fridays. Join Nina Sol as she continues to dig through her crates & takes on what is sure to be an inspiring and feel good ride!
DJ LEYDIS was born and raised in Cuba. She became involved in the Cuban hip hop movement during its inception and helped organize events, community shows, and a women’s hip hop collective called Omega. Leydis has created the first female DJ mixtape and has performed across Cuba as a spoken word artist. She also continues to be an articulate speaker on Cuban hip-hop culture and how the embargo and travel ban has prevented the exchange of music and culture between the U.S and Cuba. Having recently moved to the United States, she currently resides in the Bay Area and has toured with DJ for Omegas Kilay, Las Krudas, and Los Rakas. Leydis has also opened up for Erykah Badu and ?estlove. She was also resident Dj at the Lukas Lounge (The Jet Set) every 2sd and 4th Wednesday (Rumba to Hip Hop every 3rd Sunday at Soma Bar inside.