About Darol Anger
Violinist, fiddler, composer, producer and educator, Darol Anger is at home in a number of musical genres, some of which he helped to invent. With the jazz-oriented Turtle Island String Quartet, Anger developed and popularized new techniques for playing contemporary music styles on string instruments. The virtuosic “Chambergrass” groups Darol Anger’s Republic Of Strings, Psychograss, and the long-lived Anger-Marshall Duo feature his compositions and arrangements. His Grammy-nomimated folk-jazz group Montreux was the original musical model for the New Adult Contemporary radio format. The David Grisman Quintet forged a new genre of acoustic string band music with Darol’s fertile inventiveness, surprising touches and technical mastery (Boston Herald) often in the forefront.
Working with some of the world’s great improvising string musicians, among them Stephane Grappelli, Mark O’Connor, David Grisman, Tony Rice, Bela Fleck and Vassar Clements, has contributed to the development of Anger’s signature voice, both as a player and a composer. His work includes recordings, videos, and books of jazz originals and arrangements, and traditional-derived music in many styles.
Anger has produced dozens of critically lauded recordings since 1977 which have featured his compositions and performances. Highlights include two recent recordings by The Republic Of Strings, his current intergenerational group; Heritage, a monumental masterpiece which brought together most of the most important voices in the traditional, contemporary folk and bluegrass music scene; Psychograss and the Anger-Marshall Duo’s ongoing iconoclastic string of recordings, which continue to set new standards for the Newgrass/jazz genre; collaborations with Cajun fiddler Michael Doucet (the Grammy-nominated Fiddlers 4), with banjoist Alison Brown, and the String Cheese Incident’s Michael Kang; and a recent release Diary Of A Fiddler, which sets Anger in duet with the most prominent and innovative fiddlers of our time.
Anger helped found the String Resource Board of the International Association of Jazz Educators. He has led seminars at the Stanford, Oberlin and Amherst Jazz Worshops, regularly teaches at the Berklee School of Music and the Mark O’Connor Fiddle Camp, and at workshops and clinics from Campo Do Jordao, Brazil to the Music Conservatory at Bremen, Germany. He has released two popular instructional videos for Homespun Tapes, is a Contributing Editor for Strings magazine, and serves on the ASTA Editorial Board.
The recipient of a 1995 California Arts Council Composer Fellowship, Anger was nominated in 1997 for the CalArts Alpert Award in the Arts. He is a McDowell Fellow and received a Composers’ Residency from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. He has been a featured soloist on a number of motion picture soundtracks, and he wrote and performed the score for the Sundance Award-winning film Best Offer. He was the winner of the Frets Magazine Readers’ Poll for Best Jazz Violinist for four years running. he is the Music Director of the StringNation Festival, a an annual contemporary music festival hosted by Rutgers University.
Anger’s work has expanded not only the acoustic violin’s boundaries, but has contributed to the development of violin synthesizer repertoire and technology. His writings on these subjects and various string education issues appear regularly in music periodicals.
Anger’ main project is his Republic Of Strings ensemble, with the classical vocal group the Anonymous 4 and chamber music work and recording with pianist Phillip Aaberg and duo work with multi-string virtuoso Mike Marshall. He appears as a guest with a wide array of modern music ensembles from Traditional to Pop.