Grammy-nominated vocalist Falu Shah, Grammy-winning guitarist/vocalist Clay Ross, three-time Grammy-winning drummer Clarence Penn and highly acclaimed bassist Yasushi Nakamura showcase the dynamic diversity of contemporary culture by reimagining timeless songs from America's past.
American Patchwork Quartet (APQ) draws on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight the country's immigrant roots. The group showcases America's dynamic presence by combining the diverse talents of four U.S. citizens, each with a unique cultural background. With this quartet, old songs are made new through creative arrangements that highlight the exceptional and well-honed skills of each member.
APQ performances strive to counter pervasive prejudices around the issues of race and immigration. In order to help strengthen the country's social fabric, APQ wants its audiences to reflect on the notion that Americans must acknowledge the differences to discover the commonalities. The realities of racism and prejudice must be recognized in order to build authentic and lasting bonds across cultures and color lines. While individuals may not be responsible for the country's past, they are accountable for its future.