wild Up is a 24-member classical/contemporary ensemble comprising Los Angeles musicians committed to creating visceral, thought-provoking happenings. The group, led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, unites around the belief that no music is off limits, and that a concert space should be as moving as the music heard in it: small, powerful and unlike anything else. wild Up projects bring people together, defy convention and address the need for heart-wrenching, mind-bending experiences.
wild Up rose to national attention with a long-running 2012 residency at the Hammer Museum in West LA, where the group staged dozens of events ranging from full orchestra concerts in the courtyard to sonic experiments in the bathrooms. The group was named best classical music of 2012 by Los Angeles Times critic Mark Swed; wild Up has been called “Searing. Penetrating. Thrilling.” (public radio’s Performance Today), “L.A.’s most exciting and relevant group of young musicians” (Out West Arts) and “impressive both technically and for their unabashed spirit” (Los Angeles Times).
“The young Los Angeles new music ensemble wild Up, which is doing one of the better jobs anywhere of keeping classical music surprising and tantalizing, made its Santa Barbara debut Saturday night at the sedate and well-tended Music Academy of the West.” Read the full LA Times review here.