Tessa Lark: The Stradgrass Sessions / Lark, Hull, Meyer, Cleveland, Batiste

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"This album is a snapshot of the way I live in music. Diversely; organically; intimately; sometimes collaboratively, sometimes solitarily; always sincerely; and anywhere, be it...

"This album is a snapshot of the way I live in music. Diversely; organically; intimately; sometimes collaboratively, sometimes solitarily; always sincerely; and anywhere, be it a concert hall or home studio. Stradgrass is the exploration of the violin’s stylistic capabilities, through various American folk styles, from a Classical lens. The word ‘Stradgrass’ first came about in 2015, from the novelty of performing Bluegrass on the Stradivari I was playing at the time: the 1683 ex-Gingold violin, on loan to me until 2018 as a result of my silver medal finish at the 2014 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

"Hearing Bluegrass played on a Strad is unusual, unfortunately, so I thought it warranted its own term. The word has caught on in the social media world and seems to succinctly encapsulate what one might partly expect from a recital of mine. Stradgrass seems to be a type of musical exploration that is becoming more common within Classical violin training, and I hope this album will further encourage us all to continue that direction." -Tessa Lark



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 05, 2023


  • UPC: 5060216348100


  • Catalog Number: FHR100


  • Label: First Hand Records


  • Number of Discs: 1


  • Period: 20th Century, Contemporary


  • Composer: Stephen Foster, Bela Bartok, Eugene Ysaye, Tessa Lark, Edgar Meyer, Michael Cleveland, John Corigliano, Sierra Hull


  • Performer: Tessa Lark, Sierra Hull, Michael Cleveland, Edgar Meyer, Jon Batiste