In a world of growing disconnection, master instrumentalists Tristan Scroggins and Alisa Rose provide a touchstone for experiencing the world in the moment. Despite their youth, Scroggins & Rose bring an experienced touch to the worlds of both Western classical and American traditional music 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 mandolinst and second generation bluegrass virtuoso, and Rose, a Grammy-Nominated composer and violinist/fiddler, create an inviting musical atmosphere with their thoughtful arrangements and harmonies. From here the listener is taken on a journey away from the familiar as the duo utilize risky improvisation and innovative musical techniques to reimagine both the limits of acoustic music and the boundaries of both bluegrass and classical genres. This playful spontaneity energizes the performer and crowd alike grounding them to each passing moment. Despite the sometimes raw displays of technical prowess, Scroggins and Rose uses 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 youthful yet experienced path which breaths new life into old traditions.
Rarely in a face so young do we see such a care for both taste and showmanship but Tristan Scroggins' (tristanscroggins.com) musical legacy is brought to the front of the stage with his easy, casual banter which contrasts with his virtuosic playing. A second generation professional bluegrass musician, Tristan impressed audiences early on by winning multiple state championships before forming the bluegrass supergroup Jeff Scroggins & Colorado with his father. Now, for nine years, Tristan has brought his talents all over the world headlining festivals in France, Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland, England, Australia, Canada , and the U.S. with this award-winning bluegrass band and was recognized the International Bluegrass Music Association's Momentum Award for Instrumentalist of the Year in 2017 for his endeavours. In addition, Tristan is a prolific composer and was a finalist for the International Acoustic Music Awards Instrumental Song of the Year award. 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 creative 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.
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.