The Jake Schepps Quintet 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 quintet has stretched beyond those boundaries. In 2015 the quintet released "Entwined," a new album of contemporary classical commissions written for 5-piece bluegrass stringband (banjo, mandolin, guitar, violin and bass). This stems from our belief that the traditional bluegrass ensemble is as sonorous and well-disciplined as a string quartet or jazz piano trio, yet relatively unexplored. In 2011, ringleader of the quintet Jake Schepps released an album of music by Béla Bartók arranged for string band.
This new album “Entwined” contains four classical composers writing for bluegrass string band, recontextualized and reimagined as a rhythmically interlocking machine, where contemporary classical post-minimalism meets skillful technique and bluegrass drive.