Watch: Jake Schepps Quintet plays contemporary classical for bluegrass band in the CPR Performance Studio

· Mar. 15, 2015, 5:03 pm
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Banjo player Jake Schepps

Jake Schepps, the Boulder banjo player known for blending bluegrass with contemporary classical music, recently brought his quintet to the CPR Performance Studio.

The group performed two tracks from its new album, "Entwined." As Schepps told Colorado Matters, the disc features modern composers writing music for bluegrass quintet instrumentation: banjo, guitar, mandolin, violin and upright bass.

Here's "Herringbone," the second movement of a piece called "Flatiron" by composer Marc Mellits: 

And here's the first movement of "Migrations" by Matt Flinner, who's also the quintet's mandolin player:

Bonus video: Check out the new clip for "Planetary Tuners," another movement from the Mellits piece: 


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