photo by Jack Hirschorn photo by Jack Hirschorn
Brittany Haas is a 5-string fiddle player from the Bay Area, currently residing in Nashville. She grew up honing her craft in fiddle camps nationwide and came to her unique sound through the old-time fiddling of Bruce Molsky and the innovative styling of Darol Anger.
A prodigious youth, she began touring with Darol's Republic of Strings at the age of 14. She simultaneously studied baboons in the evolutionary biology department of Princeton University and joined seminal chamber-grass band Crooked Still. She has toured with them since, and also performed with Yonder Mountain String Band, Tony Trischka, Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas (her cellist sister), Abigail Washburn and the Waybacks, She played fiddle on Steve Martin's Grammy Award winning CD, "The Crow" and performed in his band on Letterman and SNL. She released her debut self-titled solo album at 17, produced by Darol Anger and featuring Bruce Molsky, Mike Marshall, Alison Brown and others.
Dan Trueman is an American composer and fiddler. He began studying violin at the age of 4, and decades later, after a chance encounter, fell in love with the Norwegian Hardanger fiddle, an instrument and tradition that has deeply affected all of his work. He has performed his music with many, including his own Trollstilt and QQQ, the American Composers Orchestra, So Percussion, the Crash Ensemble, and innumerable wonderful fiddlers. His explorations of musical instruments have extended into new technologies; Dan is the co-founder of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk), the first ensemble of its size and kind. Dan's compositions reflect this range, exploring the rhythmic tension between traditional dance music and machines, or the unusual phrasings and counterpoint of traditional Norwegian music, or the influences of composers like Bach, Stravinsky, Reich and others. Dan's work has been recognized by awards from the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundations, among others, and he teaches composition at Princeton University.
(above photos by Jack Hirschorn)