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The Resurrection Mixtape

The Resurrection Mixtape

Steve Hackman, conductor and creator
Denise Caritevocalist
Jecorey Arthur, vocalist
Marcus Tenney, vocalist
TaRon Lockett, drums
Nick Clark, bass

In conjunction with The Phoenix Symphony’s performance of Gustav Mahler’s monumental Symphony No. 2, “Resurrection” one week earlier, conductor and music visionary Steve Hackman fuses highlights from Mahler’s Second Symphony with the rap music of Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur into Resurrection Mixtape, a transformative exploration of life and death, legacy, struggle and triumph. Recordings such as Biggie’s “Juicy,” “Hypnotize” and “Who Shot Ya” and Tupac’s “Changes,” “Ghetto Gospel” and “California Love” are interpolated in thematically-linked mashups that speak of hard roads, ravaged communities, gangster life and letting loose. As Mahler’s music whirls and rises to its triumphant climax, you’ll be reminded of the powerful and profound legacy of these two rappers, who, twenty-five years after their deaths, are as relevant and essential as ever.


PRE SHOW EVENTS – One Hour Prior to Performance

The Furious Styles Crew will perform in a pre-party cypher in Symphony Hall lobby. Take a journey through Arizona’s Hip Hop culture, where community, creativity, and edutainment come together. From style writing to visuals, soulful dance and the beats of talented deejays, join us for a celebration of Hip Hop spirit and culture.



About Steve Hackman, conductor and creator 

A multi-hyphenate music powerhouse and creative visionary, Steve Hackman is a daring voice intent on redefining art music in the 21st century. Trained at the elite level classically but equally adept in popular styles, his breadth of musical fluency and technique is uncanny—he is at once a composer, conductor, producer, DJ, arranger, songwriter, singer, and pianist. He uses these polymathic abilities to create original music of incisive modernism yet rooted in elevated classicism.

His groundbreaking orchestral fusions, such as Brahms X Radiohead and The Resurrection Mixtape (Mahler X Notorious BIG X Tupac Shakur), are introducing the symphony orchestra to its future audience; he has conducted these pieces to sellout houses across the country with the orchestras of Philadelphia, San Francisco, Dallas, Seattle, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Colorado, Phoenix, Nashville, Oregon, Indianapolis, Grand Rapids, Columbus, Charlotte, Southwest Florida, Alabama, Colorado Music Festival, and the Boston Pops.

Hackman has teamed up with some of the biggest pop superstars of today to add a signature virtuosic and classical dimension to their work, including Steve Lacy, Doja Cat and Andrew Bird. He was trained at the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and holds degrees in Orchestral Conducting and Piano Performance. He recently taught his first course at the Juilliard School entitled ‘Fusion, Re-imagination and Revelation.’


About Denise Carite, vocalist

For over a decade, PA native Denise Carite has been in the music industry. With broadway and traditional music sparking the flame in her youth, she then pursued versatility within her craft. Her discipline brought her to her first US tour with John Legend at the early age of 18 years old. She then went on to study music business at Berklee College of Music with a Presidential Scholarship. 

From then on, there was a career flourish that brought on the opportunity to tour with recording artists, Mary J Blige, Anita Baker, Demi Lovato, Eric Benét, American Idol Top 10, Jazmine Sullivan, Usher, & Lalah Hathaway. For tv work she’s been in the House Band on the Voice for 11 seasons, 1 season in the House Band of To Tell The Truth hosted by Anthony Anderson, 1 Season of The Winner Is Hosted by Nick Lachey, 1 Season of Hollywood Game Night by Jane Lynch, and Vocal Coached for two seasons of the Four on Fox. She was also a featured singer on Scandal, and did small ensemble and choir work on Blackish, The Mayor, select The Lion Guard episodes, The Oscars, the Grammys, BET awards, American Music Awards, and iHeart Radio Awards.

She has recorded with Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, 30 Seconds to Mars, Adam Lambert, Moby, Coldplay, and has sung on the films Jordan Peele’s Us, The Lion King, Just Mercy, Hidden Figures, the Boss Baby, Monster High: The Great Scarrier Reef, and is the singing voice of R&B on Trollstopia. She has two song placements as a co-writer with Coldplay on “Higher Power” and Daya’s “Sit Still, Look Pretty” debut album. 

While these life-changing opportunities have fueled her artistic fire, they have simultaneously kept Denise humbled and inspired. Her main goal is to not only apply what she has learned to her own artistic and creative presence, but also share it and help others reach their highest potential. 


About Jecorey Arthur, vocalist

Jecorey “1200” Arthur an award-winning teacher, musician, and activist from Louisville, KY. He is currently a music professor at Simmons College of Kentucky, an artist roster member of the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN), and an endorsed artist with Salyers Percussion. Arthur has performed at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Big Ears Festival, Forecastle Festival, and Jungfrau Erzählfestival; performed as a soloist with the Stereo Hideout Brooklyn Orchestra and the Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Nashville, Columbus, and Oregon Symphony Orchestras; performed as the first hip hop artist with the Louisville Orchestra including world premieres of folk opera The Way Forth and rap opera The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, where he starred as his hometown hero; and composed music for theatre, film, television, radio, podcast, and studio albums. In 2021, Arthur was inaugurated as the youngest city councilman in the history of Louisville.



About Marcus Tenney, vocalist

Based in RVA, Tennishu has been producing, recording and performing music all over the world for the last two decades. Known for being equally proficient on trumpet and saxophone, Tennishu is also a lyricist and a rapper with an extensive catalog of self-released recordings. Whether in the studio hammering out his next solo project or touring the city streets with the progressive powerhouse known as Butcher Brown, Tennishu delivers a potent and consistent experience no matter what he puts into the microphone.

His latest release entitled “DrumTapes” uses the drum set as the center piece for creation. This project was inspired by the great drummers that Tennishu has been working with over the years and represents the commitment to sit down and learn how to speak the language of the drum.




About TaRon Lockett, drums

Dallas native TaRon Lockett is a 2x Grammy Nominated drummer/producer has worked with Snoop Dogg, Erykah Badu, Ceelo Green, Prince, Liv Warfield, Willie Nelson, Sheila E, and DJ DNice and currently tours with Cory Henry and the Funk Apostles.








About Nick Clark, bass

Nicholas Clark is a bassist, musical director, and producer offering bespoke services ranging from artist development, live and studio production work, and musical direction. The Fort Worth, Texas native is a highly sought-after instrumentalist renowned for his versatility, work ethic, professionalism, and dedication to assisting artists and clients create the best product possible. His client list includes Demi Lovato, Amine, Muni Long, Carrie Rodriguez, Chiiild, Doja Cat, H.E.R., JoJo, and Kanye West.

Nick has played an integral role in producing and programming shows, including Coachella, Kanye West’s YEEZY clothing line (Season 8—Paris), South By Southwest (SXSW), and Austin City Limits (ACL). The list also comprises various late-night television programs and numerous award shows, including the Billboard Awards and the Video Music Awards.

Before becoming a professional musician, Clark played college football at the Naval Academy and Texas State University, where he graduated as a four-year starter and received all-conference honors. He was a finalist for the prestigious William V. Campbell Award for student-athletes who excel on the field and in the classroom.

While pursuing a Master’s in Physics, Clark became well-known within the national physics community and the local Austin music scene. After graduation, Samsung recruited him, beginning a dual lifestyle as an “engineer by day, musician by night.” Although engineering in a competitive, fast-paced environment presented tremendous personal and corporate growth, he decided that music would be his avenue to encourage and inspire the world.


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