NEW ARSNOVA EP BY 1200 FUSES HIP HOP, CLASSICAL, AND STRUGGLE
1200 released “his latest masterpiece” (LEO Weekly), Arsnova, on June 1st, 2019, fusing his love for hip hop with his classical training all while narrating the African American struggle. Every track on Arsnovaaddresses a specific social, cultural, or political issue from “Gentrification” to “Youth” and beyond.
1200 is an award-winning educator, musician, and community organizer from the West End of Louisville, KY. He earned the nickname “1200” after teaching himself to produce hip hop on a KORG D-1200 digital recording studio at age 12. A decade later, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education at the University of Louisville. You can hear his teaching throughout Arsnova as he raps data, history, and stories based on true events.
Arsnova was premiered live in the neighborhood 1200 grew up in, Parkland, one of the poorest in Kentucky and the same neighborhood Muhammad Ali was born in. 1200 helped organize a celebration for Ali’s life after his passing in June 2016 and has aligned his mission as an artist with Ali’s mission as an athlete — helping those in need. The concert premiere was a part of a neighborhood revitalization and co-sponsored by a nonprofit 1200 founded. 1200’s community work also includes advocating for equity in public education and teaching at an HBCU.
Jecorey "1200" Arthur is an award-winning educator, musician, and community organizer from the West End of Louisville, KY. He earned the nickname “1200” after teaching himself to produce hip hop on a KORG D-1200 digital recording studio at age 12. A decade later, he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s in Music Education at the University of Louisville.
1200 has taught hundreds of thousands of students around the world in public schools, community centers, and beyond, including a Boys and Girls Clubs of America tour, a cultural exchange with De Montfort University in England, and an artist-in-residency at New York City's 92nd Street Y. As a performer, he has appeared at Big Ears Festival, Forecastle Festival, and Jungfrau Erzählfestival in Switzerland. He has performed as a soloist with the Stereo Hideout Brooklyn Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Indianapolis, Nashville, Columbus, and Oregon Symphony Orchestras. He was also the first hip hop artist to perform with the Louisville Orchestra including world premieres of folk opera The Way Forth and rap opera The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, in which he starred as the title character and his hometown hero.
1200 is currently the Music Education Manager at Louisville Public Media, Professor of Percussion Studies at Simmons College of Kentucky, a member of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network Artist Roster, endorsed by Salyers Percussion, a Black Male Engagement Genius Fellow, and President of Athiri, a nonprofit he founded using arts and action to affect communities. 1200’s latest EP, Arsnova, is available on all platforms and you can follow him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @1200LLC.
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