With his unique genre-bending blend of bluegrass, jazz, folk and classical styles, Grammy nominated fiddler Darol Anger is a master of the unexpected. Darting from Swedish polkas to Brazilian choro before segueing seamlessly into a soul classic, all delivered with the rollicking abandon of a hootenanny.
Anger developed his signature sound working alongside great improvisers such as Stéphane Grappelli, Martin Hayes, Jerry Douglas and Béla Fleck, and over the past 40 years has produced an array of critically-acclaimed albums, including 17 with the legendary Turtle Island String Quartet alone.
For this journey into uncharted musical waters, he is aided and abetted by a trio of nimble-fingered pioneers. Long-time collaborator and 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion Tristan Clarridge is co-founder of the chamber-grass group The Bee Eaters. Acclaimed multi-instrumentalist John Mailander has performed with such renowned artists as the Alison Brown Quartet, Victor Wooten and Steve Martin, while the riveting vocal sound of Emy Phelps has graced the albums of a long line of folk stalwarts including Patrick Brayer, Chris Darrow, Norma Tanega and Brian Ransom's Ceramic Ensemble.
“Darol Anger is to fiddle what Béla Fleck is to banjo” – Minneapolis Star Tribune
“A cutting edge string quartet… wildly virtuosic” – Los Angeles Times
“On the front edge of progressive acoustic music” – Fiddler Magazine [on Darol Anger]
“Ground-breaking” – San Francisco Chronicle [on Republic of Strings]