In Thursday’s (10/30) Los Angeles Times, Mark Swed writes that four years ago, the L.A.-based wild Up “was a collective of anything-goes young musicians” known for “playing in funky clubs in Echo Park, reinventing orchestra concerts for millennials…. The performances were exhilarating, and before long, wild Up had residencies at the Hammer Museum and UCLA. The Colburn School and U.C. Santa Barbara noticed. So did the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Perhaps the most extraordinary aspect of this still very young and unconventional group is just how avidly its commitment to music of the future is already reaching the next generation. This fall, wild Up began a three-year tenure as LACO’s education ensemble in residence. The Colburn connection continues, as well…. On Nov. 8 … at Music Academy of the West’s Hahn Hall in Santa Barbara … Rountree’s program (leaked) includes a wild array of composers—Satie, Sun Ra, Duke Ellington, John Zorn and Esquivel (best known for ‘Space Aged Bachelor Pad Music’). The audience will be shuttled around the idyllic Montecito Music Academy campus. Inside the hall, the promise is ‘to find performers on stage, sitting next to video versions of themselves in low light on chaise lounges.’ ”

Posted October 31, 2014