Prairie Winds Festival with PROJECT Trio

Featuring multiple wind ensembles and the innovative PROJECT Trio

PROJECT Trio is a dynamic and innovative music group known for their genre-blending performances and captivating stage presence. The trio pushes the boundaries of traditional chamber music with their unique fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop and world-music influences. With virtuosic musicianship and contagious energy, PROJECT Trio has gained worldwide acclaim for their electrifying performances that defy categorization. Their creative and adventurous approach to music-making has earned them a devoted following, making them a trailblazing force in the contemporary music landscape. The trio has amassed a significant following on YouTube—their channel has over 100 million views and 100,000 subscribers. They have also had two albums appear on the Billboard Charts Top 10 for classical and instrumental. Gramophone Magazine singled out the group as “an ensemble willing and able to touch on the gamut of musical bases, ranging from Baroque to nu-Metal and taking in pretty much every stylism in between.”

As part of the KU School of Music’s Prairie Winds Festival, PROJECT Trio will perform with multiple ensembles, including the KU Wind Ensemble. Described by The New York Times as “one of America’s most esteemed concert bands,” the KU Wind Ensemble (KUWE) is the premier wind band at the University of Kansas. The group has several highly acclaimed performance credits for commercial CDs on the Klavier, Naxos, Ecstatic, Summit, Cantaloupe and Mark Custom labels. Their Carnegie Hall debut in 2013 was pronounced by Feast of Music as “showing amazing chops in their transitions and an impressive range of dynamics.” Besides Carnegie Hall, KUWE performed for President Obama in 2015, the national convention of the College Band Directors National Association in 2017, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 2018, the Milan, Italy Festival of Bands in 2022, the American Bandmasters Association national convention in 2023 and was recently recognized as the 2023 college/university recipient of The American Prize in Band/Wind Ensemble Performance. KUWE performs a diverse repertoire of the highest caliber, from chamber works to large ensemble pieces, and has a strong commitment to new music and to the finest standard band repertoire.

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