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wild Up is the Los Angeles contemporary music ensemble heralded as “Searing. Penetrating. And thrilling” by Fred Child of Performance Today and “Magnificent” by Mark Swed of The Los Angeles Times. Led by Artistic Director Christopher Rountree, the 24-piece group blurs the borders between classical music, rock and performance art, believing music is a catalyst for shared experience, and that a concert venue is a place to excite, challenge and provoke a community of listeners. Since forming in 2010, wild Up collaborated with orchestras, rock bands and cultural institutions around the world.
wild Up has been Orchestra in Residence at the Hammer Museum, Ensemble in Residence with the American Composers Orchestra, and Public Engagement Ensemble in Residence with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. In the 2013-14 season, wild Up made their Los Angeles Philharmonic debut on the Philharmonic’s Brooklyn Festival, premiered on Walt Disney Concert Hall’s main stage at the Minimalist Jukebox Festival, and began an ongoing collaboration with the Colburn School. In 2015 they return to Walt Disney Concert Hall for the Next on Grand: National Composers Intensive, a partnership with the LA Phil in which ten young composers work intensely with wild Up and a faculty of composers to create new work.
wild Up’s indie music collaborations include working with Bjork’s choir Graduale Nobili and Valgeir Sigurðsson in Reykjavik Iceland; playing with Ellis Ludwig-Leone and rock band San Fermin under a tyrannosaurus rex at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles; performing Mica Levi of Micachu and the Shapes’ score of the Scarlett Johannsen film “Under the Skin” at the Regent in downtown L.A.; premiering and recording Lewis Pesacov of Fool’s Gold’s opera about the end of the Mayan Calendar; and forthcoming premieres of works by Domino Records recording artist Julia Holter and Jane’s Addiction’s Eric Avery.
The group has been featured at a number of prominent West Coast cultural spaces including: the Music Academy of the West, Santa Barbara Arts and Lectures, the Broad Stage, Zipper Hall at the Colburn School, REDCAT, Beyond Baroque, the Armory Center for the Arts, and the Jensen Rec. Center Studio. Their recordings of Shostakovich, Rzewski, Messiaen and Los Angeles composers have been featured on KUSC, WNYC, Q2, KPFK, Alex Ross’ blog The Rest Is Noise, and American Public Media’s Performance Today.