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.
She currently serves as a guest curator of traditional music at the Big Ears Music Festival in Knoxville; and has been 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.
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 has worked with musicians from a wide swath of backgrounds, including improvisors Susan Alcorn, Sophia Brous, Lea Bertucci and Zach Rowden, experimental composers Cleek Schrey, Brian Harnetty, Nate May and Daniel Fishkin, cellist Paul Wiancko, indie pop musicians Benjamin Lazar Davis and Alex Toth, avant-rock drummer Jim White and legends of the traditional music underground Zane Campbell, Alice Gerrard, Lester McCumbers and Paul David Smith.