EMPIRE WILD crossover trio

Sat, May 20, 2023 7:30 PM

Smith Theatre | Horowitz Center HCC

Performance Information

Empire Wild is a genre-bending, crossover trio founded by Juilliard classmates Ken Kubota, Brandon Ilaw, and Mitch Lyon. Ken and Mitch bring all the cello has to offer—bowed, plucked, chopped and more—while Brandon can be found singing and playing anything he can get his hands on—often a cajon, sometimes a guitar or piano, and maybe some ankle bells. Selected as an Ambassardor Prize winner in the 2020 Concert Artists Guild (CAG) Competition, Empire Wild is an exciting ensemble that will present a program fusing pop, folk, Broadway and more into a rollicking and rousingly entertaining experience for music lovers of all kinds!

The Program

Hakase: Jouetsu Tariku Empire Wild: September Again Churchill/Morey: Someday My Prince Will Come Summer: Julie-O Friesen: Shadow Play Empire Wild: Alice Frigg / Lewis: Waltz - North Beat Empire Wild: Shakleton’s Song Bach / Chick Corea: Armando’s Rhumba Porter: All of You Debussy: Doctor Gradus ed Parnassum Empire Wild: 30 to life Walk the Moon: Shut Up and Dance Kittle: Boxing Reels

About The Artist

Empire Wild
Empire Wild
Mixed Ensemble

Empire Wild is a genre-bending, crossover trio founded by Ken Kubota, Brandon Ilaw, and Mitch Lyon. Ken and Mitch bring all the cello has to offer - bowed, plucked, chopped and more. Brandon can be found singing and playing anything he can get his hands on – often a cajon, sometimes a guitar or piano, maybe some ankle bells. All classically trained, the three musicians met at Juilliard and formed Empire Wild as a vehicle for their love of musical exploration - fusing the sounds of pop, folk…

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