Expedition Quartet featuring Jake Schepps

Expedition Quartet featuring Jake Schepps

 Boulder, Colorado, USA

Adventurous String Band Music. The Expedition Quartet featuring Jake Schepps plays music from across the ages and around the world. Their album "An Evening in the Village: The Music of Bela Bartok" features music by the great Hungarian composer arranged for traditional American string band.


Adventurous String Band Music: The Expedition Quartet with Jake Schepps has a new album of music by the great Hungarian composer Béla Bartók. While the group is rooted in the stringband tradition, the result is music—and music-making—that is as fresh and exciting to our 21st-century ears as it must have been to Bartók’s first listeners so many decades ago. The premise for this juxtaposition stems from the band’s whole-hearted belief in the traditional bluegrass instruments (banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin, and bass) as a highly versatile and unique ensemble. This instrumentation is as sonorous as a string quartet or jazz piano trio. The Expedition Quartet have all deeply studied folk music, spending years jamming in festival campgrounds and old-time fiddle gatherings, and they bring that element of musicianship and prowess to all genres. And that in turn gives their show a distinctive edge, one that stems from these many years learning folk music, and then playing music in the classical tradition. While this curious dichotomy may seem trite, it casts new light on Bartók’s brilliance, evoking the best of his Eastern European folk music transcriptions, his modernist harmony, and makes for compelling listening.

The Expedition Quartet has performed at venues across the country ranging from bluegrass festivals to jazz clubs to concert halls. Notably, in 2010, EQ performed with the Ars Nova Singers “The Bluegrass Mass,” a 30-minute scored piece for bluegrass band and choir and performed in St. Petersburg, Russia at the 1st Annual Terem Quartet Crossover Competition . Additionally EQ has showcased at Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP), International Bluegrass Music Association's World of Bluegrass (IBMA), and Folk Alliance.

The Expedition Quartet is a partner band of The Steampowered Preservation Society.

Jake Schepps is a banjo renaissance man and the creative force behind the Quartet. Renowned for his intelligent touch on the banjo and imaginative variation on stringband music, Jake was featured on the cover of Banjo Newsletter in July 2008. In addition to music, Jake teaches emergency wilderness medicine around the world.

Fiddler Ryan Drickey is armed with a Masters in Violin Performance and holds the 2007 RockyGrass Fiddle Championship. His indomitable abilities and experience stretch from America to Scandinavia, and traditional fiddle tunes, to jazz, tango, and classical music.

Guitarist Grant Gordy is quickly becoming recognized for pushing and blurring the boundaries of acoustic music in his compositions, his assimilation of jazz influences, and his exceptional facility with his instrument. Grant regularly performs with the David Grisman Quintet and the Canadian Juno Award-winning artist Jayme Stone. Gordy’s eponymous recording Grant Gordy was released in early 2010.

Young Ian Hutchison is one of the busiest bass players in Colorado. Ian graduated magna cum laude from the University of Denver with a jazz performance degree and was awarded a two-week trip to study music in Nagoya, Japan. In 2007 he toured Argentina with the Denver Young Artist’s Orchestra. Ian has performed with many internationally renowned jazz (Javon Jackson and Peter Eldridge) and bluegrass luminaries (Darol Anger, Mike Marshall, Tony Trischka).


"An Evening in the Village: The Music of Béla Bartók" 2011
"Ten Thousand Leaves" 2007
"Expedition" 2005
Featured as a band on Steve Altermatt's 2008 "Velvet Pictures of Elvis" and Scott Dale's 2007 "Tiny Diamonds."

Set List

The music of Béla Bartók, original compositions, traditional American fiddle tunes, tangos by the great Astor Piazzolla, and JS Bach