Wavelength Winds x Konshens the MC = Classically Dope collaboration
Classically Dope is a hip-hop/rap and classical music collaboration between Konshens the MC and Wavelength Winds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn). Using music as an instrument of positive social influence, the ensemble tackles subjects such as the power of belief, racial inequality, stereotypes, police brutality, and being a change agent in the world.
Combining two genres that are typically seen as polar opposites, this fusion brings diverse communities together by showing that a common love for music transcends geography, race, age, values, and socioeconomic status. The focus is on what makes us alike and how we can always find commonality, empathy, and relatability with every person in our day-to-day lives.
This month the Classically Dope collaboration opened for Yo-Yo Ma and Esperanza Spalding at an outreach concert at Anacostia High School in SouthEast DC. In February 2019, Classically Dope will be featured on Washington Performing Arts Music Distilled concert series, an event co-sponsored by the Mars Urban Arts Initiative. The group has also been featured by the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment, Emancipation Day at Freedom Plaza, Circa Media, One Love Massive, and NextNOW Fest.
Konshens the MC
Tarik ‘Konshens the MC' Davis is a hip-hop artist, songwriter, educator and youth advocate. A Washington D.C. native, he is an active community member providing writing workshops, rap masterclasses, and career coaching to students at local schools. He’s a Grammy Museum and Global Wildlife Conservation Teaching Artist and has been a featured speaker on conflict resolution, the role of arts education for special needs children, and using spoken word and hip-hop as a means of self-expression, empowerment, and creativity.
As an artist and innovator, Konshens the MC stands at the forefront of the evolution of hip-hop. He was the first hip-hop artist to perform at Grand Canyon National Park, and he is the MC of Classically Dope, a fusion of classical music and hip-hop. In the progression of hip-hop, the Classically Dope collaboration brings diverse audiences together through the universal language of music.
In addition to being Velocity Magazine’s “Entertainer of the Year” and the recipient of the Grammy Community Appreciation Award, he has been nominated for Roundglass Music, Independent Music, and DMV Music Awards. He is currently a Governor on the Grammy Chapter Board, Voting Member of the Grammy Recording Academy, and U.S. Cultural Ambassador (State Department). He has won residencies with Halcyon House and S&R Foundation and has been a featured performer for the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, & Entertainment, Kennedy Center, Smithsonian Museum of American History, FOX, ABC, CBS, Circa Media, One Love Massive, Washingtonian Magazine, and more.
Konshens the MC views life as a constant evolution and is a firm believer in the famous quote by Frederick Douglass that says, “without struggle, there is no progress.”