wild Up

The Name Says It All

Presented by Jill & Loren Bough

“…a raucous, grungy, irresistably exuberant…funloving, exceptionally virtuosic family.”

-The New York Times

“Searing. Penetrating. And thrilling.”

-Fred Child, Performance Today


-The Los Angeles Times

wild Up is the ultimately flexible, go anywhere, play anything modern music collective led by Artistic Director/Conductor Christopher Rountree.

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wild Up is an experimental classical ensemble. Over the last five years, wild Up has collaborated with orchestras, rock bands and cultural institutions around the world. The group’s first few concerts at art studios and rock clubs around L.A. created a fervent fanbase of true believers. Then UCLA’s Hammer Museum tapped wild Up as the museum’s first ever Ensemble in Residence, and after dozens of concerts in the Hammer’s halls, courtyards and galleries, the L.A. Times proclaimed the group “Best Classical Music of 2012.”

A flexible band of Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. The group, led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, unites around the belief that no music is off limits, and that a concert space should be as moving as the music heard in it: small, powerful and unlike anything else.  Their projects are meant to bring people together, defy convention and address the need for heart-wrenching, mind-bending experiences.

Their programs reflect the emerging cultural leadership of a generation. Lines are blurred, rules are broken, concerts become events, events become enduring memories. In a single engagement, wild Up creates a theatrical and musical context where the greatest musicians on the scene today become an orchestra that celebrates tradition while reshaping it. In a single evening the audience may celebrate Erick Satie, Ted Hearne, John Lennon, Alexander Scriabin, Chris Cerrone, Velvet Underground, Steve Reich, Andrew McIntosh, Jen Hill, Nina C. Young and on and on and on…

For Big Sky’s performance, the audience and wild Up explore the music of Ancient India, Modern California and post-war New York that embraces a theme of innovation and acknowledges we are all standing on the shoulders of the Ancestors. The audience joins the orchestra as a members of a congregation in a devotional that preaches the path to the future of American Utopianism.

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