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Wytold

Takoma Park, MD            

Wytold writes original music on the six-string electric cello inspired by outdoor rock climbing trips, world travel, his background studying philosophy of physics, and his daily work leading music workshops in military hospitals.  Using electronic edge alongside acoustic harmonies and double-stop grit, Wytold’s electrified-chamber sound energizes rock clubs as much as it inspires reflective audiences in the concert hall.

Wytold received the 2018 Montgomery County Executive Award for Artistic Excellence, several grants from Montgomery County, the state of Maryland, and the District of Columbia, and the “Best Six-String Electric Cellist” award from the Washington City Paper’s 2018 Best Of.  His recent projects include scoring the HBO Documentary Film “We Are Not Done Yet”, and releasing a classical hip-hop album “Beats, Bows & Remixes” with GRAMMY-nominated Christylez Bacon at a celebratory show with the National Symphony Orchestra.

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AWARDS/RECOGNITION

    • Recipient of the 2018 Montgomery County Executive Award for Artistic Excellence
    • Recipient of a 2018 Individual Artist Grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
    • NS Design featured artist
    • Strathmore Artist in Residence from 2012-2013 
    • Recipient of several previous grant awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County
    • Selected to study and collaborate with Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble in their 2015 Global Musician Workshop
    • His most recent full-length album, “Fireflies, Fairies & Squids” ranked in the Top Ten RMR World Music Radio Chart for 13 weeks in a row, with “Giant Squids” at #1 for 6 weeks

FILM-SCORING

    • Composer for 2018 HBO Documentary Film “We Are Not Done Yet”
    • Composer for 2017 award-winning documentary, “New Chefs on the Block”
    • Composer for 2013 Sundance award-winning and EMMY-nominated film, “Blood Brother”

PERFORMANCE

      • Has performed his original compositions with the National Symphony Orchestra several years in a row in collaboration with GRAMMY-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon
      • He gave a TEDx performance discussing the relationship between his six-string electric cello compositions and classical and popular music
      • In 2015, gave a sold-out performance titled “Biggie, Beethoven, Busta, and Bach” which blended classically-inspired instrumental covers of popular rap songs with remixes of well-known classical themes 
      • The Wytold Ensemble was selected as one of the top 5 finalists in the 21st Century Musician Emerging Artist Ensemble Competition

THEATER & DANCE SCORING

    • Composer and live cellist for the critically acclaimed Woolly Mammoth Theater production of “An Octoroon”
    • Composer for the contemporary dance company, Christopher K Morgan & Artists (CKM&A)
    • In residence with CKM&A at the Maui Cultural Center in Hawaii to create Pohaku, a piece that explores historical and current interactions between western and native Hawaiian cultures
    • Has toured nationally with CKM&A in Hawaii, California, New York, and Minnesota 

WORK WITH VETERANS

    • Has regularly performed for 5 years at Walter Reed Military Hospital and co-leads workshops that help Veterans and family members heal through creating music at USOs located at Walter Reed and Fort Belvoir
    • In January 2017, was joined by Metropolitan Opera violinist Patmore Lewis to perform Wytold’s live musical score for “We Are Not Done Yet”, an evening of Veteran group poetry about war and PTSD directed and produced by EMMY-nominated actor Jeffrey Wright at the Shakespeare Lansburgh Theater.  The event became the subject of an HBO Documentary Film

    Wytold Collaboration with National Symphony Orchestra

    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”.

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    Remix of Prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major

    Wytold performs his Remix of the Prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, featuring beatbox by GRAMMY-nominated progressive hip-hop artist Christylez Bacon and dance by contemporary dance company Christopher K. Morgan & Artists. Filmed at The Mansion at Strathmore, where Wytold was formerly an Artist in Residence.

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    Wytold’s Original Composition, “Know Me” at Strathmore Mansion

    Wytold performs “Know Me” at his sold-out CD-release party at Strathmore Mansion. Featuring Jerry Tolk and Bryan Bowman on progressive world percussion.

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