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A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer-member of Public Enemy's infamous production team, "The Bomb Squad". Kerwin Young is a prolific international concert and media composer, recording producer, multi-instrumentalist, and cultural ambassador. Throughout Europe and Asia, Kerwin is regarded as "The Black Shostakovich",  for his larger-than-life  orchestral works. A veteran media composer (though unrecognized in Hollywood), Kerwin has been writing music for film and television since 1989 . Equally at home as a gaming composer, Kerwin's first AAA credit came in 2017 with Destiny 2.


 Kerwin "Sleek" Young is an iconic, Golden-Age Hip-Hop producer (Public Enemy, Ice Cube, Eric B. & Rakim, Mobb Deep, Luke Skywalker & the 2 Live Crew), Kerwin made his mark across multiple genres collaborating and producing for/with artists as George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Roy Haynes, Reginald R. Robinson, Eddie Moore; including posthumous projects for  Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix. 

 

His concert works have been performed by Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Inscape Chamber Orchestra, Music From China, Kansas City Symphony, ROCO, University City Symphony, Del Sol String Quartet, and other well-known ensembles. Composing a plethora of symphonies, ballets, chamber works, jazz big-band, small jazz ensemble, and music in other popular styles, maestro  Kerwin Young  is a staunch advocate for entrepreneurship and music education.


Kerwin Young earned a B.M. and M.M. in music composition at the UMKC Conservatory of Music and Dance, where he studied with Chen Yi, Zhou Long, and Jazz Messenger legend, Bobby Watson.    


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