Fireflies, Fairies, and Squids

by Wytold

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A few favorites:

- “Ailey Rolls” - a string trio with a sweeping film-score feel, originally composed for live modern dance (see TEDx performance video at timestamp 11:35 here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxRO5BapQdM).

- “Giant Squids” - the lead single with forthcoming music video. It is somewhat darker and mysterious, involving electric cello looping with full ensemble accompaniment to create a danceable squid-like energy and groove.

- “Sincere” - a more delicate and magical cello solo piece that I wrote and recorded for my wife’s walk down the aisle.

- “Sweet heartBEAT” - an uplifting jazz structure-song involving improv amongst the neo-chamber ensemble, with a classical sensibility.

More information at Wytold.com

Wytold plays a six-string electric cello that captures the depth and power of a stand-up bass, the rich tonal timbre of the acoustic cello, and the bright crispness of violin solos and harmonies. He records these sounds live to create his own rock-orchestral accompaniment. Wytold’s music has been featured in the Sundance award-winning and EMMY-nominated film Blood Brother, and he has recently performed at TEDx Foggy Bottom, studied with Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, and been an Artist in Residence at the Strathmore Performing Arts Center. Wytold has also recently collaborated with the National Symphony Orchestra to perform orchestral versions of his original music at Echo Stage and the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, and he frequently collaborates with GRAMMY-nominated progressive hip-hop artist, Christylez Bacon. Wytold is currently touring nationally to perform original live dance scores with the contemporary dance company, Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, and when he is in DC, Wytold is leading regular music workshops for veterans at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

VIDEO:

- with the National Symphony Orchestra at Echo Stage (www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaY9IRzF3H8)

- TEDx Foggy Bottom performance (www.youtube.com/watch?v=dxRO5BapQdM)

- Bach Remix music video with GRAMMY-nominated hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon (youtu.be/kf9Nso788V8)

"marvelous...an irresistible electric cellist”
- Greg Sandow, The Julliard School (www.artsjournal.com/sandow/2015/01/excited-audience.html)

“…virtuosic local talent with genuine connections to classical music…in terms of mission, and expanding the orchestra’s limits, and audience size and excitement…hard to top.”
- Anne Midget, Washington Post, The Classical Beat
(www.washingtonpost.com/news/style/wp/2015/01/11/nso-hits-the-club-and-scores/)

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released October 1, 2016

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Wytold Washington, D.C.

Wytold layers percussive bowing and melodic finger-picking on the six-string electric cello, frequently collaborating with progressive world percussion and hip-hop beatbox.

Two of Wytold's songs, "American Dreams" and "Going For It", are featured in the independent film Blood Brother, which won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award for U.S. Documentary at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.
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