Ruckus is a baroque band with a fresh, visceral approach to early music. The ensemble aims to fuse the early-music movement’s questing, creative spirit with the grit, groove and jangle of American roots music, creating a unique sound of “rough-edged intensity” (New Yorker). Ruckus’ first album, an acclaimed collaboration with Emi Ferguson of Bach Sonatas and Preludes, debuted at #2 on the Billboard charts.

Fly the Coop

Released: June 28, 2019
Label: Arezzo Music
Composer: Bach


Holy Manna

Holy Manna celebrates the vast history of the early American hymn and reflects on this repertoire's enduring legacy. Beginning with an interactive warmup – a commission by Celeste Oram – and a “singing school based on the practice of colonial-era music educators – Ruckus leads all present in a communitarian feast of song and history. The program centers around the shape-note tradition and practice.

Fly The Coop

A collaboration with flutist Emi Ferguson, Fly the Coop is a joyous, kaleidoscopic romp through some of Bach’s most playful and transcendent works. The program features new arrangements of Bach’s Flute Sonatas and Keyboard Preludes, orchestrated for baroque flute and the forces of Ruckus that include theorbos, baroque guitars, baroque bassoon, cello, viola da gamba, harpsichord, organ, bass, and the occasional banjo.