21st-Century String Band
Offered - Fall, Spring
Course number - ENRT-P202
Using influential acoustic innovators like David Grisman, B'ela Fleck, and Crooked Still as inspirations, this ensemble will explore the ever growing trend of using traditional string instruments in nontraditional ways. While straight-ahead bluegrass and old-time bands are alive and thriving today, many string bands with similar instrumentation have taken a more omnivorous approach to crafting a sound, blending musical ideas from rock, jazz, soul, and beyond with more traditional musical approaches, incorporating material from a wide array of sources, and generally breaking down the walls between genres while redefining what a string band can sound like today.
Course Chair: Melissa Howe
Prerequisites: Overall ensemble rating 3
Required of: None
Electable by: String, bass and voice principals