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


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).

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.


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.

The Edinburgh Rollick

Available: 2024
Niel Gow (b. Perthshire, 1727-1807) was 18th-century Scotland’s most celebrated fiddler. His son, Nathaniel, brought together traditional and original dance tunes under the Gow name in six collections of strathspeys and reels.  In The Edinburgh Rollick, Ruckus and Keir GoGwilt bring to life tunes from the Gow Collections of Strathspey Reels, Books 1 and 2 (1784, 1788).