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Darol Anger — E–and'a

Darol Anger — E-and'a (2014)

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★  Fiddler ★  Composer ★  Producer
  Violinist Darol Anger has made his mark on new acoustic music with a number of different groups. From 1975–1984, Anger was a key member of the pioneering David Grisman Quintet, whose blend of folk, bluegrass, and jazz virtually defined the new acoustic genre, as well as advancing the harmonic and instrumental frontiers of traditional musics; as a member of the Turtle Island String Quartet in the late '80s and early '90s, Anger also helped bring virtuosic improvisation and boundless eclecticism to what had been an essentially classical, strictly composed musical format.
Born: 1953
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Instruments: Violin, mandolin, cello
Album release: 2014
Record Label: Village Records/Adventure Music America
Duration:     57:56
01 The Gravel Shore     5:00
02 Farewell To Trion     4:57
03 Fiddler's Pastime     5:56
04 Homer The Roamer     3:50
05 Denver Belle     3:54
06 La Ville Des Manteaux     7:05
07 Pogo Big     5:02
08 Scarborough     5:45
09 High Ham     5:36
10 Cayon Moonrise     6:02
11 Grey Owl     4:49
★★  Joined by mandolinist Joe Walsh, guitarist Courtney Hartman, banjoist Lukas Pool, and bassist Sharon Gilchrist, Anger leads and is led by this ensemble through ten beautifully evocative instrumentals that give new life to new acoustic music. The program is a balanced mix of original and traditional pieces. Part of what gives this recording its energy is that the originals, for the most part, sound traditional, while the older tunes often contain some inherently quirky twists and turns that make them sound like modern compositions. Anger and Walsh have composed a few of the new pieces, joining numbers from Vassar Clements, John McGann, and John Hartford.
★★  “At this point, my existence seems to be focused on bringing together different generations of musicians,” confesses Darol Anger. The fiddle virtuoso, founding member of both The David Grisman Quintet and the Turtle Island (String) Quartet, creator of the Republic of Strings, and associate professor at Berklee College of Music, has done just that for his newest project. The Anger–designed, multigenerational, and progressive string band supergroup, E–and’a, is comprised of four generations of acoustic musicians: guitarist Courtney Hartman is also part of the Grammy–nominated bluegrass outfit Della Mae, Lukas Pool is a fine Scruggs–style player and two–time National Old–Time Banjo Champion, and mandolin player/co–producer Joe Walsh (no, not THAT Joe Walsh) spent four years with The Gibson Brothers, the 2012 recipients of the IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award. Sharon Gilchrist — the group’s other veteran — has played bass for everyone from The Dixie Chicks to Peter Rowan and Tony Rice. The music of E–and’a is half–curated, half–created, resulting in a track list that builds on American string band history. Vibrant renditions of traditional tunes are complimented by well–chosen covers of songs by late, great geniuses like Vassar Clements and John Hartford. E–and’a pays tribute to the past while ushering in a new era of roots music. It also happens to be a whole lot of fun, which was Anger’s plan all along. “I just want to play,” he says. “Why else would you make a record?” :: http://www.villagerecords.com/
★★  By Anya Sturm, ★★  http://folkworks.org/reviews/folkworks-cd-reviews/45131-darol-anger-e-and-a
★★  By HK, ★★  http://bluegrassmusic.com/content/2014/reviews/darol-anger-e-anda/
★★  By Glen Herbert, Thursday, 03 April 2014 09:14, ★★  http://kdhx.org/music/reviews/album-review-darol-anger-invites-and-inspires-old-time-music-fans-on-e-anda
Short Biography
★  Fiddler, composer, producer and educator,  Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent.
★  Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, Anger has helped drive the evolution of the contemporary string band through his involvement with numerous pathbreaking ensembles such as his Republic Of Strings, the Turtle Island String Quartet, the David Grisman Quintet, Montreux, his Duo with Mike Marshall, and others.
★  He has performed and taught all over the world with musicians such as Dr. Billy Taylor, Bela Fleck, Bill Evans, Edgar Meyer, Bill Frisell, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Tim O’Brien, The Anonymous 4, Marin Alsop and the Cabrillo Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony, Mark O’Connor, and Stephane Grappelli.
★  Today Darol can be heard on NPR’s “Car Talk” theme every week, along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice. He was also the violinist on the phenomenally popular Sim City computer games.
★  In addition to performing all over the world, he has recorded and produced scores of important recordings since 1977, is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow, and has received numerous composers’ residencies and grants. He has been a featured soloist on dozens of recordings and motion picture soundtracks.
★  He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of music. He recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com.
Full Biography
★  Violinist, fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. With the jazz–oriented Turtle Island String Quartet, Anger developed and popularized new techniques for playing contemporary music styles on string instruments. The virtuosic "Chambergrass" groups Darol Anger's Republic Of Strings, Psychograss, and the long–lived Anger–Marshall Duo feature his compositions and arrangements. His Grammy–nomimated folk–jazz group Montreux was the original musical model for the New Adult Contemporary radio format. The David Grisman Quintet forged a new genre of acoustic string band music with Darol's "fertile inventiveness, surprising touches and technical mastery" (Boston Herald) often in the forefront. On any day, Darol can be heard on NPR's "Car Talk" theme along with Earl Scruggs, David Grisman and Tony Rice.
★  Working with some of the world's great improvising string musicians, among them Stephane Grappelli, Mark O'Connor, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck and Vassar Clements, has contributed to the development of Anger's signature voice, both as a player and a composer. His work includes recordings, videos, and books of jazz originals and arrangements, and traditional-derived music in many styles.
★  Anger has produced dozens of critically lauded recordings since 1977 which have featured his compositions and performances. Highlights include two recent recordings by The Republic Of Strings, his current intergenerational group; Heritage, a monumental masterpiece which brought together most of the most important voices in the traditional, contemporary folk and bluegrass music scene; Psychograss and the Anger–Marshall Duo's ongoing iconoclastic string of recordings, which continue to set new standards for the Newgrass/jazz genre; collaborations with Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet (the Grammy–nominated Fiddlers 4), with banjoist Alison Brown, and the String Cheese Incident's Michael Kang; with the classical vocal group the Anonymous 4 and chamber music work and recording with pianist Phillip Aaberg and duo work with multi–string virtuoso Mike Marshall, frequent guesting with the quintessential Jamgrass band Yonder Mountain, and his recent Compass Records release Diary Of A Fiddler, which sets Anger in duet with the most prominent and innovative fiddlers of our time.
★  He is an Associate Professor at the Berklee School of music. He recently began an ambitious online Fiddle School at ArtistWorks.com.
★  Anger helped found the String Resource Board of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He has led seminars at the Stanford, Oberlin and Amherst Jazz Worshops, regularly teaches at the Berklee School of Music and the Mark O'Connor Fiddle Camp, and at workshops and clinics from Campo Do Jordao, Brazil to the Music Conservatory at Bremen, Germany. He has released two popular instructional videos for Homespun Tapes, is a Contributing Editor for Strings magazine, and serves on the ASTA Editorial Board.
★  The recipient of a 1995 California Arts Council Composer Fellowship, Anger was nominated in 1997 for the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts. He is a McDowell Fellow and received a Composers' Residency from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. ★  He has been a featured soloist on a number of motion picture soundtracks, and he wrote and performed the score for the Sundance Award–winning film Best Offer. ★  He was the winner of the Frets Magazine Readers' Poll for Best Jazz Violinist for four years running. he is the Music Director of the StringNation Festival, an annual contemporary music festival hosted by Rutgers University.
★  Anger's work has expanded not only the acoustic violin's boundaries, but contributed to the development of violin synthesizer repertoire and technology. His writings on these subjects and various string education issues appear regularly in music periodicals.
★  Anger's current projects include his large band The Furies, his Republic Of Strings ensemble, The Old–Time Kozmik Trio with Bruce Molsky and Rushad Eggleston, and various duos with Mike Block, Scott Law, Emy Phelps, and Mike Marshall.  He appears as a guest with a wide array of traditional, jazz, and pop music ensembles.                                   © Savannah Music Festival Mike Marshall & Darol Anger Live
★   Fiddlistics (1981)
★   Tideline — with Barbara Higbie (1982)
★   Live at Montreux '84 (1984)
★   Chiaroscuro (1985)
★   The Duo — with Mike Marshall (1988)
★   Jazz Violin Celebration (1988)
★   Like Minds (1997)
★   Jam (1999)
★   Diary of a Fiddler (1999)
★   Christmas Heritage (1998)
★   At Home and On The Range (1997)
★   Brand New Can (2000)
★   Now Hear This (2001)
★   Heritage (1996)
★   Republic Of Strings (2005)
★   Generation Nation (2007)
★   Woodshop (2007)
★   Mike Marshall and Darol Anger with Väsen (2007)
★   E–and'a (2014)
Republic of Strings:
★   Republic of Strings at DelFest 2010
★   Republic of Strings (2004)
★   Generation Nation (2006)
Website: http://darolanger.com/

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