Perpetual Motion – Classical music

with Joshua Bell, Evelyn Glennie, John Williams, Edgar Meyer, Gary Hoffman and Chris Thile

Label: Sony Classical.

This CD was my chance to learn and perform true classical pieces on the banjo. Pieces by Bach, Chopin, Beethoven, Debussy, Scarlatti and Paganini were included. Edgar helped me with the production and the arrangements. And I was able to play with some of the top classical musicians on the scene, partly due to Edgar’s involvement. This was one of those projects that did not come easy for me. I had to fight for it. These pieces can all be played on the banjo, but they use every bit of the banjo’s range, and I had to come up with specific new techniques to deal with trills, and other ornaments. In the end it was well worth the time spent, and this album made a lot of noise, even winning a couple of grammies in the classical field.