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Jakarta Post

Iskandar Widjaja combines contemporary and classical in ‘Hip Hop Symphony’

  • Josa Lukman


Jakarta   /   Fri, September 18 2020   /  01:00 am
At fingertips: Violinist Iskandar Widjaja performs his music in a recent concert in Jakarta. The "Heritage Concert Series: 1001 Lights" on Nov. 15 was an adaptation to his latest album titled “1001 Nights in the Harem”.(Courtesy of Heritage Concert Series/-)

Hip-hop is not a genre normally associated with string instruments, much less classical music. As unlikely as it might sound, violinist Iskandar Widjaja marries these two different musical worlds together in his latest single, “Hip Hop Symphony”, slated to hit the airwaves on Oct. 2. Like the title suggests, “Hip Hop Symphony” is a genre-busting piece in which the violin – with all the pomp and romp of classical music and all the baggage that comes with it – meets urban beats you can dance to. Musically, “Hip Hop Symphony” is also a departure from the raw melancholy of Iskandar’s previous single, “Spirited Away”. While retaining hints of modern pop, the upcoming single is much more fast-paced and showcases his expertise in dynamics. The frantic, almost manic, violin is still the star, thou...