New York-based band Founders celebrates the release of its debut album, You & Who, with a concert at Rockwood Music Hall. The album features original songs and innovative arrangements by members Ben Russell, Brandon Ridenour, and Hamilton Berry.
Created in spring 2014, Founders includes some of New York City’s most dynamic classical musicians – Ben Russell, violin and vocals; Nathan Schram, viola; Hamilton Berry, cello and vocals; Andrew Roitstein, bass; and Brandon Ridenour, trumpet and piano. The musicians of Founders met through various connections in New York City, several as students at Juilliard. Well before Founders was conceived, they often found themselves writing arrangements for various projects and collaborations. Read about the members: www.foundersmusic.org/members
After realizing they were all part of similar ventures, they decided to form Founders, where they could create the music they wanted to create – from Appalachian folk originals to acoustic explorations of experimental rock – as showcased on You & Who. The title of the album is taken from the opening track, which pays homage to Radiohead’s “You and Whose Army” from the band’s iconic 2001 album Amnesiac.
Founders seeks to bring classical instruments to a wider audience of music lovers, defying the stereotype that because someone is classically trained, they can’t “rock out.” Although classical instruments are frequently used in the background in rock to support guitars, keyboards, and drums, in Founders classical instruments are the sound of the band, coupled with memorable songs and vocals.