topu lyo

composer producer artist cellist

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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 in esoteric music. i was scoring a modern dance piece called ‘freedom happening’ and asked him to play drums. from there we co-wrote the score and started our group. 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. what began as cello and drums has evolved into compositions using woodwinds, cello quartets. we’ve toured europe many times. we’ve opened for nils frahm. we’ve toured in asia. we’ve opened for robert glasper and pharoah monch. childish gambino used one of our samples on a track. we’ve scored tons of commercials. we’ve won a NAACP image award. we’ll be dropping an album w grammy nominated j.ivy soon. we most recently did the music to the kanye west trilogy ‘jeen-yuhs’ on netflix.