We performed for a couple-thousand audience members at the Florida Music Education Association’s Annual Conference and, as luck would have it, we found a camera crew willing to fly down the aisles alongside us! We are so grateful to them for capturing our show… and to FMEA and Canada Council for the Arts for making this performance and video possible.
Our March through May concerts have been cancelled, so we wanted to bring some good cheer to you – virtually – in these shared and dark times. We loved performing for the Crescent City Chamber Music Festival in New Orleans last October – today, we join forces once again to bring you this live-streamed performance (our first)!
Humanity is Maria’s response to hearing the cries of children separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. She chose the violin & flute to tell the story of a mother and her young son – of hope for a shared future that compels them to run, desperately trying to keep a hold of each other in the face of a world that pulls them apart. Thank you to the Ontario Arts Council for making this composition possible.
Check out Maria’s solo for live + pre-recorded violin inspired by tango great Astor Piazzolla! If you want to try playing one of Maria’s solos, Sakura was just published in a first-run printing of 12,400 copies for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)! Taught in over 90 countries, you can get your own copy here: ABRSM Violin Exam Pieces, Grade 8 Fun fact: Maria is the only living composer featured in the publication!
Making the switch from bulky pedals to Macbook Pro + Ableton Live was a challenge… and Power was the perfect piece to debut our new setup! Being able to record, loop, stop and reintroduce lines in real time has never been so fun. Thank you to the New York State School Music Association for featuring us at their Annual Conference.
We are thrilled at long last to bring you our Guide to Performing – an in-depth romp through all things performance-related. Tips, hacks and stories from the road that might just provide a nugget or two for aspiring musicians. New episodes every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
We LOVE hearing from people who play our compositions! Since we started offering our sheet music a couple of years ago, we’ve sold hundreds of copies in 30+ countries – Azerbaijan to Malta, South Africa to Japan. Check out our store to see if there’s a piece for you!
Maria just completed her first orchestral work, and hit the recording studio so she could share it with you:
Of course, the day we decided to shoot our video, it rained! We took it in stride, though, and even wrested a few dry minutes from the weather gods to whip out the drone! Frizzy hair, muddy feet, rain-infested instruments… it’s all featured in our collaboration with cinematographer Umit Gulsen. Without further ado, we proudly present:
Our Corpus Christi audience’s energy made us giddy with excitement – they have set the bar HIGH for Texas. What a lovely introduction to this state… and this was just mid-concert!
We often get asked, “How often do you practise,” to which Maria answers, “I don’t.” In Maria’s new entry for her series, Play Harder, she explains why…
The Montgomery Advertiser just published a front-page feature about our concerts and residency in Montgomery, AL. Click here to read the article, Bringing Music to Life.
See Sonic Escape play their way across North America in candid shots of their concerts, outreach, flash shows, tour van and of course, cats! Check out their Flickr photostream for a behind-the-scenes look at life on the road…
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.