Vermont String Summit

January 3, 2019 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Chandler Center for the Arts
Andy Mueller
(802) 728-7173
Vermont String Summit @ Chandler Center for the Arts

A special gathering of world-class bluegrass, old-time, Americana, jazz, and new acoustic musicians will share their original compositions–and many traditional tunes–with the public at Chandler’s Upper Gallery. The performers will include banjoist Ben Krakauer, mandolinist Joe K. Walsh, guitarist Grant Gordy, cellist/fiddler Tristan Clarridge, fiddler/vocalist Lily Henley, cellist Duncan Wickel, and vocalist Elise Leavy. Among them these musicians have toured with some of the best-known bands on the acoustic music circuit, including the David Grisman Quintet, Crooked Still, and Mr. Sun. They will be in the area taking a musical retreat together and working on their craft.

According to Krakauer, “We’re a group of friends who have collaborated on various projects over the years, and taught together at music camps and workshops around the country. We’ll be meeting to help workshop each other’s original compositions and to inspire each other in new directions. It’s a rare event for us all to play a concert together, and it will be an opportunity to perform some of the new tunes that we’re working on in the days before the concert.

“We’ll play in a variety of solo, duo, trio, and ensemble configurations, playing music from bluegrass, old-time, jazz, new acoustic, and other traditions. Some of the music will be more traditional and some more experimental; some more arranged, and some more improvised. In many ways, this gathering is inspired by some of the music camps that Tristan and Tashina [Clarridge] have organized over the years on the west coast, where we’ve all taught, but this is different in that it is just a retreat/workshop for the people who normally would be instructors at those camps, and a chance for us to really help each other work on our own music.”

After the performance there will be an opportunity for attendees to join in the music making, as the world-renowned visiting musicians will host a jam session with anyone who brings an instrument and willingness to join the fun. Admission is by donation ($10-20 suggested), at the door. For more information contact Andy Mueller at or by calling (802) 728-7173.