After hearing ‘Suite Ma Dukes’ conductor Jason Weinberger contacted Miguel Atwood-Ferguson through the internet to see if he could get a Dilla piece in front of one of the orchestras he worked with. A month or two on Weingberger and Atwood-Ferguson met in LA and the project was born.
“As the person responsible for programming the concert, I probably don’t have to explain how exciting it was for me to find myself performing Dilla’s music with the WCFSO. Even more gratifying, though, were other aspects of the evening – feeling the connections emerge between Dilla and his predecessors William Grant Still and Duke Ellington, taking the orchestra outside of its comfort level and in the process to a whole other level of music making, and especially offering our audience the opportunity to abandon preconceptions and discover something special. In the words of one listener in attendance that night, ‘the music was beyond interesting, especially the movements from Suite for Ma Dukes by J Dilla … we were swept along enjoying sound adventures we never could have imagined that we would enjoy.’”-Jason Weinberger
Watch the video below to see and hear Dilla’s music performed by the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony Orchestra to a packed house.