The Crypt Sessions

Empire Wild

Strung Together (CAG CryptFest)

Church of the Intercession 550 W 155th St New York, NY 10032

Wine & Cheese Reception: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
8:00 - 9:00 PM

Each performance includes an hourlong wine & cheese reception before we descend to the Crypt.

Proof of Vaccination will be required, and we request that audience members wear masks during the performance.

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the long version

What do you get when you take two Juilliard-trained cellists and a vocalist who's topped the bills at some of New York City's finest jazz establishments? You get Empire Wild, a trio comprised of Ken Kubota, Mitch Lyon, and Holly Bean, whose musical explorations transform pop, folk, Broadway and more into a unique musical gumbo that's equal parts talent, joy and magic.

The short version

There's no better way to close our Fall season of The Crypt Sessions than with the blast of pure sonic wonder that is Empire Wild.

The Performers

The Music

Taro Hakase: Jounetsu Tairiku

Empire Wild: September Again

Empire Wild/Ethan Lewis: For Chiaki/North Beat

George Gershwin: ‘S Wonderful

Mark Summer: Julie-O

Chick Corea: Armando’s Rhumba

Empire Wild: 30 to Life

Stevie Wonder: If You Really Love Me

Henry Mancini: Moon River

Jeremy Kittel: The Boxing Reels

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The Artists

The Performers

Empire Wild

Empire Wild is a genre-bending, crossover trio founded by Ken Kubota, Holly Bean, and Mitch Lyon. Ken and Mitch bring all the cello has to offer - bowed, plucked, chopped and more. Holly can be found singing and pushing the piano into any style the group sets their mind on. The three musicians channel their love for musical exploration into the trio - fusing the sounds of pop, folk, jazz 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, Empire Wild was selected as an Ambassador Prize winner in the 2020 Concert Artists Guild Victor Elmaleh Competition.