I have always made my living as an independent performing artist. A 9-to-5 job is as foreign to me as waking up early, establishing a routine or even teaching a student regularly. We artists share one thing in common – we need help! Funding, booking, housing, brainstorming, bartering, watching, listening, feedback, encouragement… our success depends upon asking and receiving.
Fall – the first movement I’m composing for Four Seasons Rising: The Symphony – is as inspired by Cape Breton’s nature as it is its music. My 3 weeks on the Island saturated my senses, flooding my eyes with technicolor foliage, ears with crashing waves and lungs with fresh, wind-tossed air. I have now lived autumn! Thank you, Cape Breton.
The expert pen of Jeremy D. Bonfiglio proves that the art of storytelling is alive and well! Check out this beautifully written piece about Maria and Shawn’s fateful trip to Ireland, and the music and relationship that ensued: Classical, Irish traditions merge in Sonic Escape.
“Yeah, that could work,” says Dave MacDonald, owner of The Normaway Inn in Margaree Valley, Nova Scotia. When I’d reached out to his wife on homeexchange.com about the possibility of doing a two-week swap between New York City and Cape Breton, she said to give him a call. Maria and I have to be in Cape Breton for our project, Four Seasons Rising, and with many rooms sold out for Celtic Colours or unavailable to 2 musicians traveling with 2 cats, time is running out.
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!