As graduates of The Juilliard School, Shawn Wyckoff (flute), Maria Kaneko Millar (violin) and Nan-Cheng Chen (cello) have performed in classical music’s greatest halls and traveled the world in roles as diverse as fiddle-dancing in Riverdance, jamming with Beale Street blues bands, soloing and drumming with taiko troupes, improvising with Native-American flute masters, dancing while performing the tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and playing rock clubs across NYC.
This lifelong commitment to devouring new sounds and pushing boundaries – both within themselves and the musical establishment – is how Sonic Escape came to be. It’s also how the trio amassed a ridiculous technique that makes audiences swear they’re hearing an orchestra of a dozen different instruments or the synchronous voice of one.
Ultimately, the total Sonic Escape experience is what makes lifelong believers out of initiates. Humor and candid conversation draw audiences into the music, while the players’ backgrounds in acting, singing and dancing turn concerts into unforgettable performance events. Improvisation takes it up a notch, infusing shows with pure, dynamic energy. As music and stories intertwine, audiences are taken on a roller coaster ride of emotions, revelations and ultimately, the desire to learn more. Interaction and innovation are the hallmarks of Sonic Escape.
This is a Doudna Fine Arts Center New & Emerging Artist Series program with additional funding from the EIU Classical Music Series Endowment Fund and the International Center for Global Diversity.
01/24 | 7:30 pm