Meet Sonic Escape!
Juilliard graduates Shawn Wyckoff and Maria Millar founded Sonic Escape in 2009. Joined by classmate Nan-Cheng Chen this powerhouse trio pushes itself to the brink – singing, dancing, joking, and above all, playing their hearts out with a “wildly imaginative… anything goes sense of fun.” (The Washington Post) Armed with flute, violin and cello, their game plan – use hyper-instrumentals to fill hearts with indescribable joy – has led them to stubbornly write their own rules in a world that encourages everything but. The results are frequently hilarious, always heartwarming and addictive beyond belief!
Their magical sound – crafted in the practice rooms of Juilliard and honed on hundreds of stages across 30 North American states & provinces – sideswipes you. With melodies so original and stage presence so dynamic, you may find yourself remarking (as an audience member did), “I couldn’t help but chuckle. There was such life and joy. The joy welled up and burst out!”
Performing arts centers such as Lincoln Center (NYC), Chautauqua Institution (Chautauqua, NY), Irish Arts Center (NYC), Oxnard Performing Arts & Convention Center (Oxnard, CA) and the Imperial Theatre (Sarnia, ON) have provided formidable stages for Sonic Escape’s larger-than-life sounds and dance moves. Concerts and workshops at the University of Missouri (St. Louis, MO), University of Wisconsin (Whitewater, WI), Penn State (Erie, PA), Hofstra University (Hempstead, NY) and The Juilliard School (NYC) have enabled them to share with audiences and students alike! Then there’s festivals… whether thousands camp without running water or gather in idyllic town squares, Sonic Escape loves them all and has performed at the Summer Arts Festival (Huntington, NY), Blue Skies Music Festival (Clarendon, ON), Elora Festival (Elora, ON) and Cherry Blossom Festival (Philadelphia, PA). Lastly, Canada Council for the Arts, Chamber Music America and the Puffin Foundation have generously funded Sonic Escape’s compositions, travels, and the creation of a 5-day community residency. So look out! When Sonic Escape comes to town good times and superb music are sure to follow!