Banjoist Béla Fleck is a musical visionary who has not only taken the instrument to previously unimaginable contexts extending to jazz, classical, and the avant-garde, he's also a maverick, inventive composer who embraces a similarly wide swath of genres. Brooklyn Rider is an adventurous string quartet that takes chamber music deep into the 21st century with an eclectic repertoire juggling traditional and new classical pieces alongside world music, jazz, and rock. Three of the four Riders, who established the eclectic nine-year-old Stillwater Music Festival, have Minnesota ties. Violist Nicholas Cords grew up in White Bear Lake. Brothers Colin and Eric Jacobsen's father, Edmund, was a violinist with the Minneapolis Symphony, and they spent time at a family cabin on Square Lake. Both fond of creative, even exotic collaborations, Fleck and the... More >>>