Darol Anger

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Darol Anger
Darol Anger in 2004. Photo by Forrest L. Smith, III.
Background information
Born 1953 (age 62–63)
Origin San Francisco, United States
Genres Progressive bluegrass, folk, chamber jazz, new-age
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, producer, pedagogue
Instruments Violin, mandolin, cello
Years active 1977–present
Labels Compass
Windham Hill
Six Degrees Records
Rounder Records
Kaleidoscope Records
Associated acts The Duo
Republic of Strings
David Grisman Quintet
Turtle Island String Quartet
Website darolanger.com

Darol Anger is an American violinist, born in 1953.


Darol Anger entered popular music at the age of 21 as a founding member of The David Grisman Quintet.[1] Anger played fiddle to David Grisman's mandolin in The David Grisman Quintet's (DGQ) 1977 debut. He co-founded the Turtle Island String Quartet with David Balakrishnan in 1985 and performed, composed, and arranged for the chamber jazz group. He frequently collaborates with fellow DGQ alumnus Mike Marshall.

Anger met pianist Barbara Higbie in Paris and formed a musical partnership with her. Together they released an early record on Windham Hill, Tideline (1982). Two years later, they formed a group called The Darol Anger/Barbara Higbie Quintet with Mike Marshall, Todd Phillips, and Andy Narell. This group performed at the 1984 Montreux Jazz Festival. The quintet later took the name Montreux. After two studio releases, the band broke up in 1990, and Anger continued with the Turtle Island String Quartet, founded in 1985. He still collaborates with Montreux and fellow Psychograss colleague, Mike Marshall, and occasionally also collaborates with Barbara Higbie and Michael Manring.

Using classical, folk, and jazz music as springboards, he currently leads Republic of Strings, founded with Scott Nygaard. He also co-founded The Duo (with Mike Marshall), Psychograss (the bluegrass group including Mike Marshall, mandolin; Todd Phillips, bass; David Grier, guitar; and Tony Trischka, banjo), Fiddlers Four (with Michael Doucet, Bruce Molsky, violins; and Rushad Eggleston, cello), and Mr. Sun (with Joe Walsh, Grant Gordy, and Ethan Jodziewicz). Anger also plays frequently with pianist Phil Aaberg. He has performed or recorded with musicians ranging from Tony Rice, Stephane Grappelli and Mark O'Connor to Marin Alsop, Bill Evans, Nickel Creek, Chris Thile & Punch Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, Béla Fleck, Taarka and Anonymous 4. He can also be heard on the NPR's Car Talk theme song. He is a MacDowell and UCross Fellow.

Anger currently lives in Portland, Maine,[2] after moving from his long-time home in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has completed the construction of 2 violins under the guidance of luthier Jonathan Cooper and was in 2010 named Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.[3]

In June 2011 he began teaching online at the Online Fiddle School with Darol Anger, as part of the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass.


Darol Anger on stage at the Northwest String Summit on July 21, 2013.
  • Fiddlistics (1981)
  • Tideline – with Barbara Higbie (1982)
  • Live at Montreux '84 (1984)
  • Chiaroscuro (1985)
  • The Duo – with Mike Marshall (1988)
  • Jazz Violin Celebration (1988)
  • Like Minds (1997)
  • Jam (1999)
  • Diary of a Fiddler (1999)
  • Christmas Heritage (1998)
  • At Home and on the Range (1997)
  • Brand New Can (2000)
  • Now Hear This (2001)
  • Heritage (1996)
  • Republic of Strings"(2005)
  • Generation Nation (2007)
  • Woodshop (2007)
  • Mike Marshall and Darol Anger with Väsen (2007)

Republic of Strings[edit]

Republic of Strings at DelFest, 2010
  • Republic of Strings (2004)
  • Generation Nation (2006)


  1. ^ Liane Hansen Bluegrass Fiddling on 'Republic of Strings' npr.org, March 14, 2004
  2. ^ "Darol Anger's Republic of Strings – Home". Republicofstrings.com. Retrieved 2012-04-02. 
  3. ^ "Faculty Biography: Darol Anger". Berklee. Retrieved 2010-12-02. 

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