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Wytold / Press

“...an exciting performance the National Symphony did in a Washington, DC club, for an audience of around 2000 people who don’t normally go to classical concerts. Younger clubgoers, to judge from how they looked. On the program were classical pieces, and also some marvelous things — which easily held their own with the classical works — aimed at the club audience. One of them was a take on the prelude to the first Bach cello suite, written by and featuring Wytold Lebing, an irresistible electric cellist... And if you love the thought of an engaged audience, you’ll love what happened at one point in this piece, which was a rising passage taken straight out of Bach, performed exactly as Bach wrote it..the audience cried out in excitement, with a rising cry that mirrored the rise in the music. I loved this, and I think it’s a lesson for all of us...when we get younger people in, shouts will show we’ve really hooked them, and entered their world.”

“Friday...found the orchestra playing at Echostage, a big warehouse-like club space that holds 3,000 people, usually to hear electronic dance music or hip-hop rather than Shostakovich. And this time, the NSO got it right. Fingers of blue-tinged black light strobed out across a dance floor filled to near capacity. Video projections pulsed up and down the back walls... It felt like an event. It was exciting. People left happy.Therefore, it was savvy of the orchestra’s artistic administrator, Justin Ellis, to recruit ...the electric cellist Wytold Lebing, incorporating some other virtuosic local talent with genuine connections to classical music...Lebing offered a remix of Bach’s first cello suite..In terms of mission, and expanding the orchestra’s limits, andand audience size and excitement, Friday’s program will be hard to top. t’s one of the best efforts I’ve seen from an orchestra at this kind of thing, and it shows a direction the NSO should continue to explore.”

“As one of three musicians to be awarded ‘Young Artist’ grants from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in 2010, big things are expected of Wytold, an unusual musician who manages to make the cello sound cutting-edge cool. “When Fulvio Finds Celeste” finds Wytold, a Washington native, playing the parts of both Fulvio – on six-string electric cello – and Celeste – on a traditional acoustic cello. The result is something that often approaches jaw-dropping beauty, while also sounding like it could be part of the score to a David Lynch film... Although the cello often conveys somber, even dark moods, Wytold manages to infuse his all-instrumental compositions with plenty of bounce and light. This is an original, captivating album by a local musician who is bound for stages beyond Washington, DC.”

“...Wytold has created nine tracks of soundscapes which can be interpreted as modern classical, jazz or ambient music...For me the cello has always been what I call a broody instrument and while there is some of that on this album the sound is also quite vibrant and up, with some of the loops having almost a dance vibe going on. There is also a definite dialogue going on between the two cellos, tradition versus the future, and I don't think there is an easy winner. Wytold Lebing is a very deft musician, juggling the two sounds, mixing and merging them into something uniquely different. This is an album of sonic exploration as much as it is an album of music and it is encouraging to see someone with a vision of the cello in the future. Excellent album and highly recommended.”