Biggie, Beethoven, Busta, and Bach
Friday 02/27
Biggie, Beethoven, Busta, and Bach @ Atlas Performing Arts Center
$16.50 / $16.50
“Biggie, Beethoven, Busta, and Bach” – an electric cello performance of classical remixes blended with instrumental covers of old rap songs – premiers at 9:30pm on Friday Feb 27 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center at 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC, as part of the 2015 INTERSECTIONS Festival. BUY TICKETS HERE: Wytold plays an electric cello with two extra strings that allow him to capture the depth and power of a stand-up bass, the rich tonal timbre of the acoustic cello, and the bright crispness of violin solos and harmonies. In many of his original compositions, Wytold records these sounds live on both electric and acoustic cellos to create his own rock-orchestral accompaniment on stage, often accompanied by bass, viola, violin, flute, saxophone, guitar, banjo, and/or percussion. Most recently, Wytold performed his original compositions with the National Symphony Orchestra for a sold-out audience of 3,000 at Echo Stage, which the Washington Post hailed as "virtuosic" and "hard to top". Wytold has also performed at the Sundance Film Festival, the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the French Embassy, the National Geographic Museum, the Strathmore Performing Arts Center, Sydney-Harman Hall, the DC Jazz Festival, the Atlas Performing Arts Center, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival, among many other venues. Wytold is an NS Design featured artist, recent Strathmore Artist in Residence, and received a 2014 Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council. Two of his songs are featured in the Sundance award-winning documentary, Blood Brother. He also received a 2011 DCCAH Young Artist Grant to help fund his first solo album: When Fulvio Finds Celeste, four songs of which received European and Australian radio. In addition, Wytold teaches alternative cello lessons frequently travels throughout DC, VA, and MD offering 'Classical Hip-Hop' educational programs to elementary, middle, and high school students with GRAMMY-nominated progressive hip-hop artist, Christylez Bacon. Wytold is also actively composing and performing several commissioned works with the contemporary dance company, Christopher K Morgan & Artists. In high school, Wytold sometimes listened to classical music, and at other times, listened to popular rap. Now he revisits both by adding grooves and solos to well-known classical melodies (as in the “Bach Remix”;list=UUMaNGZlIPP21ECOMGHW--Zg) and creating classical instrumental twists to rap lyrics and samples (see video of “Jurassic Dogg” at the Kennedy Center:;list=UUMaNGZlIPP21ECOMGHW--Zg). Imagine string ensemble versions of Eminem’s “Lose Yourself” blended with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, or a mellow bluegrass arrangement “Big Poppa”…all featuring the talented musicians, Ethan Foote on double bass, Chelle Fulk on violin, and Jerry Tolk on electric guitar. All instrumental covers are family-friendly – no lyrics :) The new featured repertoire: Eminem – “Lose Yourself” vs. Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture Notorious B.I.G. – “Big Poppa” Beethoven – “Ode to Joy” Remix Busta Rhymes – “Gimme Some More” Bach – “Fugue in D Minor” Remix Pachelbel’s Cannon vs. The Final Countdown Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg – “The Next Episode” vs. RJD2 – “Ghostwriter” vs. Jurassic Park Theme Song Juvenile – “Back that Thang Up” vs The Imperial March (from Star Wars) vs. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony vs. Jay-Z – “Izzo” DMX – “Party Up” vs. Missy Elliot – “Get Ur Freak On” Vivaldi’s Spring Remix Kid Cudi – “Day-N-Nite” Come out and enjoy some very different versions of these very classic pieces! BUY TICKETS HERE: