Jake Schepps's Expedition Quartet has made a name as an ensemble with an intrepid, imaginative vision for contemporary stringband music. Although we are all students of traditional and progressive bluegrass styles, the Expedition Quartet has stretched beyond those boundaries. In Boulder, Colorado in late 2012 the Expedition Quartet will be premiering a new commission by Marc Mellits, the first of its kind being a contemporary classical work written for 5 piece traditional bluegrass stringband (banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin and bass). The ensemble features Jake Schepps on 5-string banjo, guitarist Grant Gordy (of the legendary David Grisman Quintet), Matt Flinner on mandolin, 5-string violinist Enion Pelta-Tiller, and former Punch Brother bassist Greg Garrison.
Jem Moore and Blayne Chastain spent two hours in the studio with Jake and the Expedition Quartet, filming and listening. We're very excited to be part of this project, and will be producing a documentary about the entire process after the world premier this fall. We used the new Sony FS-100 and NEX VG10 cameras, and edited in Premier Pro. To view more work by Descant Productions, visit descantproductions.com