The 'Wicker' program is a new large ensemble program written by award-winning vocalist/composer, Sara McDonald. This new body of work effectively combines progressive-rock, pop, house, and jazz genres to create an evocative soundscape equally dominated by acoustic and electronic instruments. Each piece features a strong vocal narrative that characterizes the complicated and delicate intricacies of human nature and the unrelenting will to persist no matter the circumstances. Supported by pounding bass lines, lush chords, and swirling arrangements, every song takes on a singularly unique meaning for each of its listeners. Much like the tightly woven architecture of wicker, this music exists in its detail - a standalone work stitched together by a million thoughtful ideas.
The NYChillharmonic is a 16-22 piece progressive-jazz orchestra lead by vocalist/composer, Sara McDonald, based in Brooklyn, NY. The music fuses multiple genres including rock, pop, and jazz, that ultimately create an ensemble sound like nothing you have heard before. The group has performed at world renowned festivals such as The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Perth International Jazz Festival, Keio University Jazz Fest (Tokyo), Moers Festival, The Take The A Train Festival, Mazzstock Music Festival, The International Festival of Arts and Ideas, The Northside Festival, Nublu Jazz Festival, and The East Village Music Festival. They regularly perform on the stages of premiere rock and jazz venues in NYC and have had notable performances at ASCAP’s ‘Songwriters: The Next Generation’ Showcase at The John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C., The David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Joe’s Pub, The Sheen Center, National Sawdust, and The Iridium in NYC. NYChillharmonic compositions, written by Sara, have twice been awarded ASCAP’s coveted ‘Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award’ and the ASCAP ‘Phoebe Jacobs Prize.' Sara was also included in Brooklyn Magazines annual "30 under 30" list, highlighting successful musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs in NYC.