The adventurous ensemble, wild Up, has been called “Magnificent” by the Los Angeles Times and "...irresistibly exuberant..." by the New York Times. In wild Up’s "Future Folk", it rewrites the rules of chamber music and blends the sounds of the Velvet Underground and Moondog into a sonically beautiful experience.
The rush of live music allows us to summon both cherished memories and the charged urgency of right now—swirling them together in a shared, collective consciousness of yours, mine, and ours. It blurs lines between modern moments and past recollections, and in wild Up’s Future Folk, it rewrites the rules of chamber music. New. Old. wild Up plays it…as long as they love it.
…A raucous, grungy, irresistibly exuberant…fun-loving, exceptionally virtuosic family.”
— The New York Times
In Future Folk, this Los Angeles musical collective explores innovation through the sounds of the Velvet Underground and Moondog, post-war New York, ancient India, and contemporary California. Founded in 2010 and led by artistic director and conductor Christopher Rountree, wild Up has collaborated with orchestras, composers, rock bands, and cultural collectives around the globe—embracing unusual venues, programs, and repertoire. They’ve recorded with Björk’s preferred backup choir in Iceland, jammed with chamber-pop band San Fermin beneath a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, performed scores by Oscar-nominated composer Mica Levi, collaborated with members of Jane’s Addiction, and recorded an afrobeat opera about the end of the Mayan calendar. Wild and wildly successful, the ensemble was named the Best Classical Music of 2012 by the Los Angeles Times. wild Up also was the first-ever Ensemble in Residence at UCLA’s Hammer Museum and has since filled the same role with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra—as comfortable teaching a class on composition as they are a class about creativity and consciousness.
In wild Up’s Future Folk, “we” becomes “one.”
6:30pm / 1869 Tap Room in the Purdue Memorial Union
Join us for conversation and thought provoking activities before the show. Free and open to ticket holders. Cash bar available.
1869 Tap Room in the Purdue Memorial Union
Immediately following the performance join members of wild Up for a gathering at 1869. Free and open to ticket holders. Cash bar available.
The adventurous music ensemble wild Up will present a collection of residency activities at Purdue University in February—which will include: Historical Beers with wild Up at 1869 Tap Room on Feb. 6, meditation workshop at the Purdue University Co-Rec on Feb. 7, lectures with several Purdue University classes on Feb. 7 and will culminate with a performance of wild Up’s Future Folk at Loeb Playhouse on Feb. 8.
STAY ON IT
(ARR. ROUNTREE / KALLMYER)
THE VELVET UNDERGROUND: