I'm on the board of the Corrales Cultural Arts Council, a small, all-volunteer non-profit that brings nationally- and internationally-known professional musicians to the village of Corrales, New Mexico, and the surrounding area. Last month we hosted Sonic Escape, a dynamic flute-violin-cello trio that bills themselves as "Daredevils with Instruments." They play everything from classical to Celtic to contemporary, and they play it all beautifully. Click here to listen to one of my favorites, Spökskepp (Ghost Ship), an original composition by Maria Millar, the violinist of the group.
(You can read previous posts about our concerts here and here.)
In addition to a general audience concert on a Saturday night, some of our performers will do music education programs for schools on the Friday before. Two of the Sonic Escape players -- Maria and her husband, flutist (or flautist) Shawn Wyckoff -- came to the Corrales Elementary School gym on Friday morning, much to the delight of about 500 students . . .
. . . then, after lunch, to Cleveland High School in nearby Rio Rancho, NM, to play for about 800 students in their concert hall:
For the Saturday evening general audience concert, Maria and Shawn were joined by cellist Nan-Cheng Chen. The trio performed in the Old San Ysidro Chruch, an 1868-vintage adobe church that has been decommissioned and is now used for community events.
Shawn, Maria, and Nan-Cheng graciously allowed me to photograph during their sound check/rehearsal before their performance.
If you would like to see these images and more of Sonic Escape, please visit my photography website, Todos Juntos Photography, by clicking here.