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.
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DISCOGRAPHY

Fly the Coop

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

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PROGRAMS / PROJECTS

Strawberry Fields: Handel, Sancho & English Country Dances

Strawberry Fields is a joyous feast of rustic dances from the 18th century. Featuring Ruckus’ dazzling arrangements of Ignatius Sancho’s 12 Country Dances for the year 1779 and the evergreen trio sonatas of George Frederic Handel, this program will have audiences craving to get on their feet. The program features soloists Rachell Ellen Wong (violin), and Emi Ferguson (flute). [project page]

Fly The Coop

Available: through 2023-24
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.

Microcosms

Available: 2024
Emi Ferguson and Ruckus reimagine the music of Georg Philipp Telemann and György Ligeti. Microcosms features Ligeti's Musica Ricerata, a 25-minute monument of varied, miniature structures, and Telemann's Fantasias for Flute without Bass, a Baroque landmark with crystalline precision paralleling the Ligeti. [project page]

The Edinburgh Rollick

Available: 2024
Ruckus and violin virtuoso Keir GoGwilt celebrate the legacy of Niel Gow (b. Perthshire, 1727-1807), one of Scotland’s most important musicians, in this dynamic folk-Baroque feast of Scottish dance music. Weaving together these jubilant, hard-driving and nostalgic tunes into large-scale dramatic forms, Ruckus and GoGwilt bring the 18th-century tradition of blending folk and art music to the present day. The program can also include vocalist Fiona Gillespie with a selection of Gaelic songs and some penny whistle sparkle.

METROPOLIS TRILOGY

Ruckus & Immanuel Wilkins Quartet
A new work by Roscoe Mitchell
A Metropolis Ensemble production

The gritty and groovy baroque band Ruckus, flutist Emi Ferguson, and visionary jazz saxophonist Immanuel Wilkin's quartet combine forces to perform a world premiere creation by iconic innovator Roscoe Mitchell. Metropolis Trilogy, produced by NYC's trailblazing Metropolis Ensemble, will be surrounded by a dazzling constellation of works from the baroque era and beyond. [project page]