Archive for July, 2012

Kansas City’s newly formed Midwest Chamber Ensemble has just named Kerwin Young its first composer in residence for the 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 seasons.

The MCE will premier Young’s “House of Price” for string orchestra on September 30, 2012.

Congratulations Kerwin!

Back in the day, Matty C established the Unsigned Hype section to the Source Magazine, before becoming a recording company executive.  I remember back in 1991 when the Source was a 50cent magazine.  I remember when it first began, Daddy Reef came up to old Hit Factory recording studio on 42nd Street, where we were working on the Don’t Sweat the Technique album for Eric B. & Rakim.

Between 1991 and 1993, I was fortunate to have produced and worked on several demos for new hip-hop artists.  The place was 510 South Franklin, Hempstead, NY, home of the Bomb Squad.  Paul Shabazz and I worked with Mobb Deep.  Prodigy of Mobb Deep and I worked with Dr. Seus.  Prince Paul came out to 510 along with Poetic to collab on the Brothers Grimm project.  My buddy, Richard “Lord of the Board” Simmons also worked on that demo.  Rich and I were a production duo from our college days at NYIT, and had worked on the Don’t Sweat the Technique album together.

A funny story, but true is that the Brothers Grimm demo tape that was sent to the Source Magazine had no contact information.  I can’t find that particular article, but when that issue of the Un-Singed Hype was released, that was the main highlight, aside from it being a strong demo.   Here are some of the artists I worked with during this time:

  1. Mobb Deep
  2. Brothers Grimm (a/k/a Gravediggaz)
  3. Eight-Off the Assassin
  4. Dr. Seus

Here are two press releases

Searching For Jimi Hendrix Session

Posted: July 22, 2012 in Press

In the summer of 1994, Chuck D and I embarked on a journey to Los Angeles, California, where we began working on the Searching for Jimi Hendrix project with Alan Douglas. We returned to New York and began the final stages of production for the song, Free at the Edge of an Answer.   While much of the recording sessions were not documented in the video, you can get a glimpse of the working atmosphere as Chuck, Gerry Comito (recording engineer), and I (Kerwin “Sleek” Young) created.

The album project wasn’t released until 2000.  Other artists who worked on the album include the Five Blind Boys of Alabama, Cassandra Wilson, Mark Isham, Taylor Dayne, and Los Lobos.

New Works for 2012

Posted: July 1, 2012 in Press

The past 6 months have been exciting.  I’ve finally completed my Symphony No. 1 (Empire of Kasuf) after about 18th drafts!  It took a lot out of me.  Five other orchestral works have been completed as well:

  1. Rabat Waterfront Fantasy
  2. Symphony No. 3 (Captain Paul Cuffe and the Traveller)
  3. The Gardener and the Tyrant
  4. Inescapable (Concerto for Contrabass and Wind Symphony)
  5. The House of Price (for string orchestra)
Also, a recent commission for an Afro-beat composition entitled, Journey to the Center of the Floor, was completed in June.
Current works in progress are a composition for solo Guzheng (古筝), four concert works for full orchestra, and a film score.
Stay tuned!!