• Jake Schepps injured coming home from RockyGrass

    More bad 5 string news this weekend. Colorado banjo picker and occasional Bluegrass Today correspondent, Jake Schepps, was seriously injured in a head-on collision heading home from RockyGrass on Saturday night. He was transported to Boulder Community Hospital where he underwent surgery in the early hours of the

  • Choro tunes for banjo

    American and European mandolinists have long been fond of choro, a form of instrumental folk music from Brazil in which the mandolin is prominent. It's a lively, two-beat sound, perfectly suited for dancing, with a beat and melodic style not unlike

  • Jake Schepps & Expedition to premiere new piece

    Colorado banjoist Jake Schepps will be premiering another new classical composition scored for a bluegrass group (banjo, mandolin, guitar, fiddle, bass) on December 6 at the eTown Hall in Boulder, CO. It's part of a series of four pieces he's commissioned,

  • Schepps’ Quintet debuts Flatiron this weekend

    Saturday, December 1, marks the debut of Flatiron, a new musical piece by Marc Mellits. It is a modern classical work written for traditional string band instrumentation, and will be performed by Jake Schepps & the Expedition Quintent on December 1 at

  • Exposed Zipper – Expedition Quartet

    Jake Schepps and his Expedition Quartet have been making waves with their non-traditional approach to both classical and string band music. As a progressive banjoist, Schepps has the experience of annoying bluegrassers by recording and performing the music of Béla Bartok,

  • Expedition Quartet on NPR

    Experimental banjoist Jake Schepps and his Expedition Quartet are featured in a new edition of Tiny Desk Concerts at NPR.org. They perform music from their recent album, An Evening In The Village, which includes new arrangements of the music of Béla

  • Béla Fleck with the Nashville Symphony

    This interview with Béla Fleck was conducted by fellow banjoist Jake Schepps, who will review the Concerto based on Saturday's performance. Jake's latest CD, An Evening In The Village, also places the banjo in a classical setting, drawing on the

  • Sunday at RockyGrass

    This post combines Jason Lombard's photos, and Jake Schepps' report from Sunday at RockyGrass. Jake's upcoming album banjo album based on the music of Béla Bartok, An Evening In The Village, is due for release on October 4. Audio samples

  • RockyGrass – Day 2

    This Saturday RockyGrass report comes from banjo man Jake Schepps, whose banjo album based on the music of Béla Bartok, An Evening In The Village, will be released soon. The day was packed with an incredible amount of killer music. Festivities