topu lyo

composer producer artist cellist

universe in verse
jacob jonas dance company

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i met mike at my birthday/halloween party more than 15 years ago. we immediately clicked speaking about music and i was blown away by our similar taste. i was scoring a modern dance piece called ‘freedom happening’ and asked him to play drums. we began rehearsing and all the ideas were enhanced through our collaboration and it was obvious that it was more of a band than a solo project. we bonded through improvisation which is present in all of our albums minus the first two. we improvise all our albums and produce them out.  some of our more modern stuff is through-composed and the instrumentation has changed the years. what began as cello and drums has evolved into compositions using woodwinds, cello quartets, synths, guitars and a plethora of percussion. we’ve toured europe many times. we’ve opened for nils frahm, robert glasper and pharoah monch. we’ve toured in asia. we’ve been nominated for an emmy, we’ve won a NAACP image award. we most recently did the music to the kanye west trilogy ‘jeen-yuhs’ on netflix.