Hidden Animals is the second solo album by virtuoso banjoist, tunewriter, and ethnomusicologist Ben Krakauer, who is known for his collaborations with David Grisman, Old School Freight Train, the Bee Eaters, and other luminaries of the modern string band scene. Like its 2019 predecessor Heart Lake, Hidden Animals features Krakauer’s highly original instrumental music, accompanied by top instrumentalists in contemporary string music: Duncan Wickel on fiddle and cello, Ella Jordan on fiddle, Nick Falk on drums, and Dan Klingsberg on bass. It moves between blazing bluegrass romps, conversational jams, harmonically tender daydreams, and chaotically cohesive grooves. Uniting it all are Krakauer’s distinctive compositional voice and the virtuosic interplay of banjo, fiddle, cello, bass, and drums.
Hidden Animals is an album of gratitude, grief, hunkering down, and celebrating the beauty of friendship, nature, and human expression during a time when nothing can be taken for granted. These tunes reflect both the uncertainty of the past three years and the joyful spontaneity of music making at the reunion of friends.
Hidden Animals was recorded live during four days at Charles Van Kirk’s one-room recording studio in Round Pond, Maine. After three days of meticulous rehearsal, Krakauer encouraged the musicians to be spontaneous, create surprises, and to put their own personal stamp on whatever they did.
released March 22, 2023
Ben Krakauer, banjo
Nick Falk, drums
Ella Jordan, fiddle
Duncan Wickel, fiddle & cello
Dan Klingsberg, bass
Produced by Ben Krakauer and Nick Falk
Engineered and mixed by Charles Van Kirk
Mastered by Dave Sinko
Graphic design by Anna Jane Lester
Cover art by Iliad Sabchi (www.saatchiart.com/iliad)
All compositions by Ben Krakauer/Bhalobanjo (ASCAP)
All music arranged by Ben Krakauer with Nick Falk, Duncan Wickel, Elle Jordan, and Dan Klingsberg
Ben Krakauer is a banjo player and composer rooted in bluegrass, jazz, and new acoustic music. He has toured with David
Grisman and recorded for Acoustic Disc, Adhyâropa Records, CMH Records, and the Fiddle Masters series. Ben is also an ethnomusicologist and Assistant Professor of Music at Warren Wilson College....more
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Everything about this wonderful recording works beautifully!
The writing is fun and adventurous without being pretentious or contrived, the musicianship is awe-inspiring ... every single note is played with gravity, intention and purpose and the whole thing is a joy-filled experience for both the ears and soul.
In the time since Joe released "Borderland" I'd convinced myself that I couldn't possibly love his music more. Along comes "If Not Now, Who?", and I stand corrected. Wayne Fugate
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Retired Music teacher friend, David Hegdahl, has a former student, Grant Gordy, who has become an AMAZING guitarist...one of my favorite genres...like gypsy jazz: acoustic guitar, mandolin, violin, double bass...WELL worth the listen/purchase...ENJOY! Dirk Snyder