A Very Special Tribute To Dilla In Cedar Falls

19. Mai 2010 Manuva

The Sounds of VTech / Suite for Ma Dukes in Cedar Falls   

A year ago, conductor Jason Weinberger heard Suite for Ma Dukes for the first time. A long time fan of J.Dilla’s, Weinberger’s first thought when he heard the music was that he needed to find a way to perform Miguel Atwood-Ferguson’s “stunning reinventions of Dilla’s music.” “I’m always looking for ways to open up the traditional orchestra experience to new things anyway, so this seemed very natural.”

After a quick Google search, Jason found Miguel and sent him a message to see if there was anyway to get the Dilla pieces in front of one of the orchestras he worked with. A few months later they met in LA and connected over Dilla, Flying Lotus, and Lutoslawski, and the rest is history.

Earlier this year, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and the Mochilla Team flew out to Cedar Falls, Iowa to witness J.Dilla’s music being performed as part of the WCFSO’s (Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra) tribute to Great American Composers. The evening had Dilla’s music performed alongside legends Duke Ellington and William Grant Still.

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