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As graduates of The Juilliard School, Shawn Wyckoff (flute), Maria Kaneko Millar (violin) and Nan-Cheng Chen (cello) have performed in classical music's greatest halls - The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, to name a few. They've also traveled the world in roles as diverse as fiddle-dancing in Riverdance, jamming with Beale Street blues bands, soloing & drumming with taiko troupes, improvising with Native-American flute masters, dancing while performing the tango music of Astor Piazzolla, and playing rock clubs across NYC. This lifelong commitment to devouring new sounds and pushing boundaries - both within themselves and the musical establishment - is why Sonic Escape (formerly Silver Roots) came to be. It's also how the trio amassed a ridiculous technique that makes audiences swear they're hearing an orchestra of a dozen different instruments or the synchronous voice of one.
Ultimately, the total Sonic Escape experience is what makes lifelong believers out of initiates. Humor and candid conversation draw audiences into the music, while the players' backgrounds in acting, singing and dancing turn concerts into unforgettable performance events. Improvisation takes it up a notch, infusing shows with pure, dynamic energy. As music and stories intertwine, audiences are taken on a rollercoaster ride of emotions, revelations, and ultimately, the desire to learn more. Interaction and innovation are the hallmarks of Sonic Escape.
Sonic Escape is the recipient of two Canada Council for the Arts Composition Grants, a Puffin Foundation Award and a Chamber Music America Residency Grant. The group has performed in 22 states & provinces across North America, including concerts at Lincoln Center (NYC), Irish Arts Center (NYC), Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY), Summer Arts Festival (Huntington, NY), Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY), Homestake Opera House (Lead, SD), Penn State Erie's Music at Noon (Erie, PA), Eckhardt-Gramatté Concert Hall (Calgary, AB), El Dorado County Community Concerts (El Dorado, CA), Elora Festival (Elora, ON) and the Cherry Blossom Festival (Philadelphia, PA).