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Celebrate the Holidays with EMPIRE WILD at the Bickford Theatre
December 12, 2021, 2PM
audiences away with their Morris Museum debut on the Back Deck this
past June. Returning for a holiday concert, now in the Bickford
Theatre, they will put a fresh twist on seasonal favorites.
They are 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, Broadway and
more into their songwriting and composition.
EP Paper Seasons features all original songs, highlighting
the trio’s unique sound and instrumentation. Based in NYC, they have
brought their signature mix of original music, inventive covers and
twists on the classical canon to audiences across the country.
was selected as an Ambassador Prize winner in the 2020 Concert
Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition and has spent this socially
distant year working to reach out to audiences on social media and
workshopping material for their next album. Individually, all three
musicians are committed to community engagement and teaching. Mitch
has been a teaching artist with the New York Philharmonic for several
years, Ken is on faculty at Peabody Preparatory and Brandon recently
completed the Carnegie Hall Ensemble Connect Fellowship. Together as
an ensemble, Empire Wild feels that it is important to continue this
community-oriented work and bring creative musical outlets and
opportunities to students of all backgrounds and skill levels. They
have shared their unusual versatility with students through workshops
at University of Iowa, the Peabody Institute, and the Preucil School,
among others. Equally at home in classrooms, intimate salons and
large concert halls, Empire Wild brings a sense of community to every
Information: All patrons 12 years and older must provide proof of
vaccination and corresponding ID. Masks required for all patrons over
two years old. For assistance, call the box office at 973-971-3706.