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The Etherredge Center

Cultural Series--Empire Wild

Etherredge Center
February 17, 2023 7:30 pm


Empire Wild

Cultural Series
The Etherredge Center

Empire Wild is a genre-bending crossover trio founded by Ken Kubota, Brandon Ilaw, and Mitch Lyon. Ken and Mitch bring all the cello has to offer - bowed, plucked, chopped, and more. Brandon can be found singing and playing anything he can get his hands on – often a Cajon, sometimes a guitar or piano, maybe some ankle bells. All classically trained, the three musicians met at Juilliard and formed Empire Wild as a vehicle for their love of musical exploration - fusing the sounds of pop, folk, Broadway, and more into their songwriting and composition. Their debut EP ‘Paper Seasons’ features all original songs, highlighting the trio’s unique sound and instrumentation. Based in NYC, they have brought their signature mix of original music, inventive covers, and twists on the classical canon to audiences across the country.