about Graminy

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Founded in 2010, Graminy is based in Madison, Wisconsin. We seek to fuse the classical and grassroots traditions, from Bach to bluegrass, from Copland to Celtic, from Gershwin to native American, from Kodaly to klezmer, and more. Drawing on all these styles, Graminy composes and arranges all its music, which includes lots of quick changes, generous improvisations, and occasional singing. We call our style “class-grass.” Our aim is to put more class in grass and more grass in class.

 

Graminy’s music focuses on themes of ecology and place. Our name derives from the botanical name for the grass family, Gramineae, as our music draws on the entire family of grassroots traditions, from all places and ecologies. We also play for dances and other non-concert events under the name Thirsty Roots.

 

There is always a collective process to our composition. Usually, a member of band brings a new tune and an arrangement to rehearsal, but it fast becomes a de-rangement, as ideas spring into the air. We call it “graminizing” a piece.

The Band

Listen

Dance of the Plants

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Our latest release and full representation of our genre bending “class grass” moniker.

Coming this fall

Germinations

 

Our latest release and full representation of our genre bending “class grass” moniker.

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Watch

Graminy in concert, April 13, 2012, at the Loving of the Land Concert in Mills Hall on the University of Wiconsin campus,
performing “(A Short History of Ricky and Phyllis of) The Baraboo Hills.”

Graminy in concert, January 15, 2012, at the Broom Street Theater in Madison, Wisconsin, performing “Minikanan,” a part of our “Gatherings” suite, which will be on our forthcoming third album, Dance of the Plants.

Latest News

  • Graminy in NY Times

    Graminy hits the New York Times! In the Travel Section. The story is about this year’s upcoming Fermentation Fest, which starts this weekend. It mentions our “D-Composition” performance, which will be this Saturday, Oct 5th, at 4pm, in St. Boniface Church, Lime Ridge, WI. Find......

  • Graminy wins MAMA

    We win the MAMA Awards for “Classical Album of the Year” and “Classical Song of the Year” for our 2013 album “Germinations: a Bluegrass Symphony in D” and for “March of the Cranes,” one of the tracks on the album. We’ve posted a nice long......

  • Fermentation Fest Write-up

    Madison Magazine wrote a nice piece about our up-coming performance at Fermentation Fest....

Upcoming Shows

Feb 2016

26/02/2016 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm | Graminy Concert Series at Stoughton Opera House | Stoughton, WI

Press Kit

Click on image for large version of the photos below. Photos by B. Tracy Madison.