In a world of growing disconnection, master instrumentalists Tristan Scroggins and Alisa Rose provide a touchstone for experiencing the world in the moment. Scroggins & Rose bring an experienced touch to the worlds of both western classical and American traditional music in a way that explores the dynamic and emotional capabilities of a string duet. They are part of a new musical movement that seeks to bridge the gap both culturally and musically between classical and folk music. Scroggins, a mandolinist and second generation bluegrass virtuoso, and Rose, a Grammy-nominated composer and violinist/fiddler, create an inviting musical atmosphere with their thoughtful arrangements. The listener is taken on a journey away from the familiar as the duo utilize risky improvisation and innovative musical techniques to traverse the convergence of bluegrass and classical genres. The playful spontaneity of their improvising energizes the performer and crowd alike connecting them to each passing moment. Scroggins & Rose use their technical expertise and expansive knowledge of music to not only put on a world class performance but expand and distort the timeless themes of American music while remaining faithfully reminiscent of their traditions. With two separate lifetimes of dedication to craft, authenticity, and their individual instruments, Scroggins & Rose forge their own path which breathes new life into old traditions.
Tristan Scroggins (tristanscroggins.com) is a bluegrass mandolin player who embodies the paradoxical relationship between progressive and traditional in bluegrass music. A second-generation performer, Scroggins learned from his father and two-time National Banjo Champion, Jeff Scroggins. In a short time, Scroggins drew attention to himself after winning multiple state-championships at a young age but quickly distinguished himself as more than just another young phenom after forming Jeff Scroggins & Colorado with his dad at age 14. Quickly, Scroggins established himself as a dynamic musician, talented performer, and dedicated teacher as the band began to tour. Now, for the past nine years, Scroggins has performed all over the world headlining festivals in the U.S., France, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland, England, Australia, and Canada Jeff Scroggins & Colorado who in 2018 were nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year Award. Scroggins himself was recognized by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2017 when he was awarded their prestigious Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year. In addition, Scroggins is a prolific composer and in 2018 was awarded 3rd place in the Mike Auldridge Instrumental Composition Competition as well as being a finalist in the International Acoustic Music Awards Instrumental Song of the Year awards in 2016. Tristan's deep understanding and wish to honor the traditions of bluegrass music can be seen in his interpretive history writing for Peghead Nation and heard in his music. This understanding is used to work within a traditional context to create personally expressive music, a talent that was fostered by his acceptance into the Acoustic Music Seminar run by Mike Marshall as part of the Savannah Music Festival in 2017. Since moving to Nashville in 2018, Scroggins’ talents have been in demand. He has recorded with Rachel Baiman, performed on the Grand Ol’ Opry with Molly Tuttle, and Opry at The Ryman Auditorium with Dailey & Vincent.
Fiddler and violinist, composer and improviser, Alisa Rose, www.arosefiddle.com is a modern musician who easily navigates between many musical styles. With roots in classical music as well as the rich American musical tradition, she attracts attention for her expressive lyrical voice on the violin. Alisa Rose has performed with a wide range of artists including the Real Vocal String Quartet, 2008 Rockygrass winners 49 Special, and Grammy-nominated Quartet San Francisco. Alisa performed and taught throughout Eastern Europe as an Ambassador of the State Department, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, NPR's Weekend Edition, the historic Carter Family Fold festival, TEDx Alcatraz with Bob Weir, Song of the Mountains on PBS, as well as numerous international tours. In 2015 Alisa premiered Richard Marriott's "Metropolis Concerto for Violin and Wind Orchestra" with the Dartmouth Wind Ensemble, and in 2016 premiered her own "Piano Trio for Luisa" as part of the Trinity Arts Chamber Music Festival. As a member of the Real Vocal String Quartet she appeared on the Feist album Metals, and in 2015 released an album of her cross-genre virtuoso works for solo violin entitled Fiddle Caprices and Pizzicato Pieces. Alisa teaches privately as well as in the pre-college division of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where she received her B.M. and M.M. in Chamber Music studying with Camilla Wicks and Bettina Mussumeli.