This past month, I’ve listened to more live violin playing than I have in the last two decades combined! The spree began on a sunny September day in Toronto. I arrived at 8:30 am for jury duty… but fun jury duty. It involved listening to Canadians from around the world who flew in to compete for 21 violins and cellos – including instruments by Stradivari, Guarneri and Gagliano – in the Canada Council Musical Instrument Bank Competition.
It’s been a LONG time since we’ve performed a show in Manhattan, so we’re excited to be doing so in association with The Delancey and our favorite, 9000-member strong New York Vegetarian & Vegan Meetup Group! Read more and buy your tickets here!
I love this world. And I have my tiny New York City apartment to thank. Cooped up in our cramped abode – after several years in even tinier Juilliard dorm rooms – Shawn Wyckoff and I were ready to blaze a trail out of Manhattan. So we bought a $500 minivan, found a Craigslist sublet in Salt Lake City, booked a “tour” (a couple library concerts bookending weeks of hiking & biking) and voilà – Sonic Escape, our flute and violin group, was born.
In an unprecedented partnership with Canada Council for the Arts, Maria has begun penning a 36-week series called Play Harder. The blog will chronicle the adventures of Shawn and Maria as they travel to four corners of Canada and the US – Nova Scotia, Florida, Nunavut and California – to research, shoot footage and compose Four Seasons Rising. Click here to read her first entry, I Love This World. Et en français? Comme j’aime ce monde.
We’re happy to introduce our new concert program, Celtic with a Twist. We’ve put together a series of videos, with background stories, highlighting works from the show. Thank you to the S&R Foundation for the gift of filming at the stunning Evermay Estate in Washington, DC.
We’re delighted to announce that Maria was awarded a grant from Canada Council for the Arts to create Four Seasons Rising! So excited!
With 3 cameras on hand, Terry Currie did a beautiful job of capturing our performance of Bach in Ireland. Thanks to a long flight from NYC to San Francisco and the availability of an electrical outlet (go Delta!)…
…Maria had a moment to edit together the shots and produce this video that we’re very excited to share with you:
Maria put together this video to explain what we’re all about. Please enjoy!
Antoine Bancharel captured Sonic Escape‘s season-opening performance for Curiosity Concerts in Greenwich, CT. Check out his stunning photos here!
Today’s Washington Daily News features Sonic Escape’s interview with Vail Stewart Rumley about their upcoming residency in North Carolina. The 2 mainstage concerts, 11 outreach shows/public workshops and morning news show appearance run from October 3 – 9. Check it out – SONIC BLAST: Musicians meld cultures in MainStage concert
After a magical summer away (more about that soon) WE ARE BACK! We’re putting together some videos from our performances and adventures… here’s the first. The theme from one of Maria’s favorite childhood movies – Tonari no Totoro – with a twist at the end!
We’re really looking forward to our line up of concerts, workshops and residencies starting in September 2014 – we’ll be touring the South for the first time in addition to returning to the West Coast, Rockies, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, East Coast and (way) up North! Keep an eye on our calendar as we’ll be posting dates over the next few weeks…
The Telegraph Herald caught wind of Shawn and Maria’s 20-concert, tri-state residency hosted by the Dubuque Arts Council and featured it on their front page! Read the full story or check out their video with interview & performance clips. (Article & video by Mary Nevans-Pederson / photos by Jessica Reilly)
“Wonderfully imaginative,” “smile-inducing,” “impressive” and “designed to entertain” – just some of what Stephen Brookes of The Washington Post had to say about Sonic Escape’s performance & original works! Click the logo for the full review.
Our streak of playing for AWESOME Ontario audiences continues! We’ve now performed in Toronto, Ottawa, Clarendon, Ingersoll, Elora, Sioux Lookout, Kenora and, just last night, Sarnia. Thanks to the Sarnia Concert Association for reminding us we’ve gotta move here! Click the pic for a full-size view.