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Migrations in Rhythm: a Concerto for Beatbox and Rhyme

Commissioned by the Wheeling Symphony under Music Director John Devlin. Migrations in Rhythm features the virtuosic rhythmic explorations and storytelling of Christylez Bacon, progressive hip-hop artist and beatboxer. The work traces the influence of cross-rhythms and clave-type patterns in the styles of Hip-hop, Agbadza, ring shout, Irish traditional music, rumba, New Orleans jazz, funk, and Go-go. Migrations combines elements of Christylez' beatboxing, rap verses, and narration that explores the connections between these musical styles. The work culminates in a freestyle rap verse with words drawn from the audience. 

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