Music We Like: "An Evening in the Village: The Music of Bela Bartok" by Jake Schepps and the Expedition Quartet.
Open the door to new music.
Musician Jake Schepps plays banjo. Hungarian composer Bela Bartok (1881 - 1945) studied, collected and arranged folk music. Bartok also wrote music with folk themes. In An Evening in the Village: The Music of Bela Bartok, Schepps transcribes and adapts Bartok compositions for performance with a bluegrass lineup.
The recording is not a country music version of Bartok's work. It is instead a selective number of Bartok's compositions played by banjo, violin, mandolin, guitar, and bass - plus a cello. (Don't you love the cello? I do.) There is a bluegrass vibe which sometimes bubbles, sometimes simmers, and sometimes is quiet. The result of this translation and reinterpretation is warm and wonderful music.
In fact, if you are assembling a holiday shopping list, put at the top of it An Evening in the Village: The Music of Bela Bartok. You will enjoy listening to it on snowy evenings throughout the winter.