KATONAH, N.Y. -- Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts will host a performance by the David Grisman Sextet in its Spanish Courtyard on Friday, July 25, at 8 p.m.
The current lineup of the David Grisman Sextet includes bassist Jim Kerwin, flutist Matt Eakle, percussionist George Marsh, guitarist George Cole and violinist Chad Manning.
For nearly half a century, mandolinist, composer, bandleader and producer David Grisman has been a guiding force in the evolving world of acoustic music. His musical range embraces many styles, genres and traditions.
An acoustic pioneer and innovator, Grisman combined the elements of the American music/art forms — jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors and sensibilities to create his own distinctive idiom — “Dawg” music (the nickname given to him by musician Jerry Garcia).
Grisman discovered the mandolin as a teenager growing up in New Jersey, where he met and became a disciple of mandolinist/folklorist Ralph Rinzler. Despite warnings from his piano teacher that it wasn't a "real" instrument, Grisman learned to play the mandolin in the style of Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass music. He took it to Greenwich Village where he studied English at New York University, while immersed in the proliferating folk music scene of the early 1960s.
Tickets are currently on sale for the performance at Caramoor Center for Music & the Arts.
For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.caramoor.org/events/evening-david-grisman-sextet .