Anna Roberts-Gevalt is a multi disciplinary artist working in Brooklyn, moving outwards from her immersion in folk music.
Following an ethnomusicology degree at Wesleyan University, she spent the last decade studying with masters of traditional fiddle and banjo music in Kentucky and Virginia.
For the last seven years, she has been creative director of a traditional ballad-based collaboration with Virginia singer Elizabeth LaPrelle, . They conduct creative research in archives, and reworking the old songs and texts through performance, illustration, and film. Anna & Elizabeth tour the US and UK extensively, including the Newport Folk Festival, Big Ears, NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert, and have their Carnegie Hall debut this fall. Smithsonian Folkways released their third record The Invisible Comes to Us, which Anna co-produced and was heralded by the New Yorker as “a radical expansion of what folk songs are supposed to do.”
She was 2018 guest curator of traditional music at the Big Ears Music Festival in Knoxville; was a fellow at The MacDowell Colony, Virginia Center for Creative Arts, Berea College Traditional Music Archive, Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation; and teaches fiddle and banjo across the country.
She has worked with musicians from a wide swath of backgrounds, including improvisors Susan Alcorn, Lea Bertucci and Zach Rowden, composers Ellen Fullman, James Moore, Theresa Wong, Ruby Fulton, Timo Andres, Cleek Schrey, Brian Harnetty, Nate May, Jarrett Gilgore, Paul Wiancko, indie pop musicians Henry Jamison, Benjamin Lazar Davis (Cuddle Magic), Alex Toth (Rubblebucket), Star Rover, avant-rockers Jim White, and Owen Gardner and Andrew Bernstein (Horse Lords) and legends of the traditional music underground Zane Campbell, Alice Gerrard, Bruce Greene, Lester McCumbers and Paul David Smith.