Festival Week Kicks off Monday night with Wytold followed by The Trap Music Orchestra at the Sound of Music 8pm
The Trap Music Orchestra exists to revive the aesthetic of The Big Band Era of the early
1900s with a sound that synchronizes orchestral arrangements, jazz harmonies, and the
rhythm and spirit of trap music.These influences, including Thad Jones, Hector Berlioz,and
Future, result in an experience of black music culture that brings the people back to the dance
room. Beginning with arrangements of classics from artists such as Rich Boy, Gucci Mane,
Migos, and Travis Scott, TMO is working on an opus of original songs, entitled “Nickels and
Dimes”, capturing the essence of African-American music from all eras, and injecting them
with their signature 808-and-trumpet-shake-driven sound.
Wytold plays an electric cello with two extra strings that 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. He has performed his live-looping blend of classical inspiration, contemporary rhythms and jazz improvisation with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, on stage with nationally touring contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists, as a featured presenter at TEDx Foggy Bottom, and in the score of the Sundance award-winning film Blood Brother. In addition, Wytold regularly performs at Walter Reed Military Hospital and Fort Belvoir, co-leading workshops that help Veterans and their families heal through creating art in the hospital and at USOs. For more information, see Wytold.com.
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