September 24 @ 7:30 pm
Duo Kayo packs a punch with cellist Titilayo Ayangade and violist Edwin Kaplan. With over 15 years of combined professional experience as members of the Thalea and Tesla String Quartets, this new and unusual ensemble is here to make a statement.
Passionate about commissioning new works as well as championing the unsung heroes of the classical repertoire, the duo regularly hosts private live streams and performs live across the Northeast corridor. Praised for their vibrancy and joyful musical expression, duo kayo is a modern ensemble here to be a vehicle for new music and new ways of thinking about music. When not debating extended instrumental techniques, Edwin and Titi can be found attempting to solve the New York Times Crossword Puzzle.
Cellist Titilayo Ayangade has spent more than two decades behind the instrument, enjoying performing in orchestras and chamber ensembles as well as commissioning new music. Holding degrees in performance from University of Cincinati-CCM and University of Texas at Austin, she has also worked closely with members of the Artemis Quartet at Queen Elisabeth Chapel in Belgium. Titilayo currently resides close to Washington, DC and is pursuing a DMA at the University of Maryland as part of the fellowship ensemble in residence, Thalea String Quartet. In recent years, Titilayo has toured China, Brazil, Canada, and many cities in North America. Edwin Kaplan, violist of the award-winning Tesla Quartet and the newly formed Duo Kayo, continues to forge a versatile identity as a recitalist, chamber musician, and educator. He has performed on concert series across North America, Europe, and Asia, including Wigmore Hall, Lincoln Center, and Tanglewood Music Center. Highlights from the 2018-2019 season with the Tesla Quartet include a tour of Brasil, two visits to the United Kingdom, and engagements in Germany. Edwin Kaplan is a Doctor of Musical Arts and received a Master of Music degree and an Artist Diploma from the Yale University Schol of Music. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of California, Los Angeles.