Jake Schepps and Expedition
Perform the World Premiere of new music by Matt Flinner
with special guest Gyan Riley
Rogers Hall, 4th and High Street, Lyons CO
8pm showtime, doors 7pm
When banjoist Earl Scruggs joined Bill Monroe and his Bluegrass Boys in 1945, it forever canonized the traditional 5-piece bluegrass string band. In the last half-century, this combination of instruments has been explored by musicians throughout the world, in countless combinations. Yet this work is something original; this is composer and mandolinist Matt Flinner’s view of the string band recontextualized and reimagined. In this work, Flinner’s strong sense of melody and polished compositional chops combined with his background as a world class mandolin and banjo player result in a sound where the big-sky vibrancy of new American acoustic music meets the post-modern contemporary classical world. This multi-movement composition for Expedition is part of a larger project, an album of all commissions from Flinner, Matt McBane, Marc Mellits, and Gyan Riley due out in Fall 2014.
In the last 8 years Flinner has honed his compositional chops playing Music du Jour shows with the Matt Flinner Trio. Each member of the band composes a tune the day of the show and then they are premiered at that evening’s concert. The results from these shows are noteworthy, and their two albums for Compass Records showcase some of the best from this highly creative process and admirable endeavor. For this upcoming concert, with more than 24 hours to compose the piece, Flinner has been able to develop themes, add more sophisticated harmony, and create a long-form work that offers the listener more and more detail and nuance upon repeated listening.
In 2010 Flinner also wrote a piece for strong quartet and mandolin called “House of Sky” for the Ying Quartet, and he arranged his piece “Meridian” for the Nashville Chamber Orchestra. Matt is also at work on a long-form piece for the Grammy-nominated Modern Mandolin Quartet (of which he is a member).
Expedition includes some of the most heralded acoustic musicians of our time, and each member has a long history of forging paths and pushing traditional boundaries in string band music. In 2011, banjo player and ringleader Jake Schepps released "An Evening in the Village: the Music of Béla Bartok," an album of music composed by the great Hungarian composer and arranged for stringband. The album was described as “honest, heartfelt and uncommonly intelligent,” and Expedition performed selections from the album for NPR at a Tiny Desk Concert. Mandolinist Matt Flinner has made a career out of playing acoustic music in new ways. His trio began doing Music du Jour tours in 2006, and he also plays with the Grammy–nominated Modern Mandolin Quartet. Brooklyn-based guitarist Ross Martin has established a reputation as one of the most exciting jazz and bluegrass musicians in the country. He also plays in and composes for the Matt Flinner Trio. Five-string violinist Enion Pelta-Tiller began classical violin studies at age 3, but her education was always supplemented by improvisation lessons from her jazz guitarist father. She attended Peabody Institute in Baltimore, and plays indie gypsy-jazz-chamber-folk with Taarka. The indomitable bassist Eric Thorin, with a degree in Jazz Studies, is a Colorado legend, and he is as at home in jazz, bluegrass, and honky-tonk as he is with a bow.
The concert’s program will feature the world premiere of Flinner’s work, in addition to newly commissioned works by Marc Mellits, Matt McBane, and music by Béla Bartók and each of the members of Expedition. Guitarist and composer Gyan Riley is opening our show.
Concert Tickets for this show are now available online HERE and will be at the Stone Cup in Lyons on Tuesday Feb 18th.