Darol Anger - Keep-It-In-The-Fam Holiday Show

Darol Anger

Northwest Native Pickers Anger, Phelps, Hargreaves, Corbett, Joliffe unite for the holidays.

What better way for some of the country's major string musicians to celebrate the holidays than to go home and play some shows with family and friends?

Acoustic Music legend Darol Anger joins regional star Emy Phelps in organizing some of the country's hottest young string musicians in a multigenerational musical show orbiting around the holidays, with some of Cascadia's finest pickers.

Award-winning fiddler Alex Hargreaves and his equally brilliant little sister Tatiana, teen cello-phenom Mila Phelps-Friedl, Joy Kills Sorrow members Wes Corbett (banjo) and Jake Joliffe (mandolin) –all Oregon Natives– will join the proceedings. In addition to the super-hot picking, there will be no lack of glorious singing and great songs of the season.

December is a time when family and friends re-unite, and this series of shows will be a wonderful break from the holiday runaround. Darol's experience with holiday shows from Windham Hill through Newgrange to Yulegrass, his quirky humor, and genius for organizing large bands will be utilized at full bore. Special guests, family and friends will undoubtedly make appearances.

About Darol Anger
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; and a recent release Diary Of A Fiddler, which sets Anger in duet with the most prominent and innovative fiddlers of our time.
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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.
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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' main project is his Republic Of Strings ensemble, 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. He appears as a guest with a wide array of trasditional, jazz, and pop music ensembles.

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Darol Anger has spent the last 30 years opening connections between violin styles of the world. Exceptional among modern fiddlers for his versatility and depth, his style and his rhythmic innovations have changed fiddling all over the globe. Darol's career began in 1975 with the legendary David Grisman Quintet featuring guitarist Tony Rice. With these 2 players as Darol's first great musical mentors, the DGQ established the highest-ever standards of performance for a string band up till then. In the Quintet, Darol worked with musical giants such as Stephane Grappelli, Vassar Clements, Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Dr. Billy Taylor, and Mark O'Connor, and met long-time musical partners multi-string wizard Mike Marshall, pianist/vocalist Barbara Higbie, and composer/violinist David Balakrishnan.

After leaving the DGQ, he recorded a string of successful albums for Windham Hill with Marshall, Higbie, and The Montreux Band, working closely with other musical luminaries such as innovative guitarist Michael Hedges, bassist Michael Manring, and steel pan genius Andy Narell. With composer/violinist David Balakrishnan he founded the Turtle Island String Quartet. Turtle Island blazed a new frontier for the venerable string quartet form, teaching and performing their original music, mind-boggling jazz arangements, and other contemporary music all over the world while teaching their breakthrough style and techniques along the way.

After 11 years with Turtle Island, Darol returned to new acoustic and world string band music, often working with other great fiddlers of the day, forming the bands Psychograss (with Marshall, banjo giant Tony Trischka, bluegrass guitar hero David Grier , and grammy-winning bassist Todd Phillips) the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers 4 (with reknowned cajun fiddler Michael Doucet, Appalachian revivalist Bruce Molsky, and cello phenomenon Rushad Eggleston), Newgrange (with grammy winner Tim O'Brien and Compass Records founder/banjo whiz Alison Brown), the 4 Generations Of Jazz Violin (with jazz violin giants Regina Carter, Johnny Frigo, Joe Kennedy Jr., Matt Glaser and others), and his much-loved long-running collaboration, theAnger-Marshall Duo. His latest collaboration has been with the phenomenally popular early music group the Anonymous 4. These collaborations have yielded a string of important recordings– spanning over 30 years– which define, develop and encompass an entire genre of music.

His latest group, The Republic Of Strings, is the latest step in this process, passing on the knowledge of his mentors' generation to a new generation of brilliant string musicians, with respected guitar innovator Scott Nygaard and a stream of amazing young talent, continuing in the musical tradition of bandleaders such as Bill Monroe, Miles Davis, Art Blakey, and David Grisman.

An award-winning composer, Anger is also committed to string education and helped create the String Resource Board for the International Jazz Educators Association. He is a contributing editor with Strings Magazine, teaches at Mark O'Connor's Fiddle Camp, and continues to discover and expose new string talent. And bla bla bla!

Emy Phelps

A musician of note in the Pacific Northwest, she has made a 30 year music career while raising 3 sons and one daughter, achieving degrees in Theatre Arts and Special Education, and touring for 7 years with Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble. In combination, these 2 musicians bring out each other's special ability to convey deep emotional resonance and spark low-key fireworks.

Alex Hargreaves

a native of Corvallis, Oregon, was the youngest ever Grand National Champion fiddler, the accompanist for singer/multi-instrumentalist, Sarah Jarosz, and probably the best jazz violinist who ever lived-- all at the tender age of 21! Alex recently completed the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, under the artistic direction of world-renowned pianist Danilo Perez, and has one solo release, Prelude, on Adventure Records.

Tatiana Hargreaves

At 17 years of age, playing both fiddle and banjo, Tatiana Hargreaves has already steeped herself in the archives of Appalachian music and song, and has appeared on stage with folk and bluegrass musicians including Bruce Molsky, Darol Anger, Mark O'Connor, Uncle Earl, Sara Watkins, Brittany Haas, Crooked Still, Laurie Lewis & Tom Rozum. In 2009, Tatiana won the Clifftop Appalachian String Band Festival Fiddle Contest in West Virginia. She participated in the prestigious String Music Program at the Savannah Music Festival in 2012 and in 2013.
Tatiana appears on the Violin Shop (Nashville) Fiddle Masters Concert Series DVD Volume III and has a CD entitled Started Out to Ramble produced by Bruce Molsky.

Mila Phelps-Friedl

16 year old Mila Phelps-Friedl grew up in Ashland, Oregon, the daughter of a musician. With three older musical brothers, music has always been an integral part of her life. Mila first picked up a cereal-box cello at age 2 1/2 . Graduating to a 1/10 sized cello, Mila took classical lessons until she was 7 and was accepted into her first fiddle camp. That week changed everything for her. Mila has since been taught by cellists Natalie Haas, Tristan Clarridge, Mike Block and Eugene Friesen. Attending fiddle camps such as Shasta String Summit, Alasdair Fraser's camps, and the Mike Block String Camps, Mila continues to grow in the musical community which changed her views of what a cellist could be and do. She was accepted into the prestigious String Music Program at the Savannah Music Festival in 2013. She has played in tours and major festivals with Darol Anger, Rushad Eggleston, Mike Block, Maeve Gilchrist, Brittany Haas, and more. She is a regular member of Darol Anger's current group The Furies in which she sings and plays cello.

Wesley Corbett

A native of the Pacific Northwest, 27 year-old Wesley Corbett has been playing the banjo since he was 16 after a split from the classical piano. He has performed with many of the most influential acoustic musicians of our time, including Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Bruce Molesky, Sarah Jarosz, and Laurie Lewis (among many others), as well as touring internationally with the Indie-Popgrass band Joy Kills Sorrow. As of 2011 Wes has been the professor of banjo at Berklee school of music in his now hometown of Boston MA.

Jacob Jolliff

Oregon native and virtuoso mandolinist Jacob Jolliff has been playing since age seven. He grew up in a musical family, studying with his dad, Bill, a well-known Oregon banjo player. A graduate from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, he also won the National Mandolin Championship in Winfield, KS. After hundreds of gigs and many recorded projects, Jake is a member of the international touring group Joy Kills Sorrow, with two releases to date on Signature Sounds. Jake has often guested with the David Grisman Quintet, and with Ronnie McCoury, Chris Thile, Ricky Skaggs, Joe Craven, Bryan Bowers, Tim O’Brien, and the Irish super-group Solas. He has also played sessions for countless recording projects and been featured on multiple national radio and television programs.

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