Contemporary classical composer Richard Grimes grew up in Charleston, W.Va., and studied music at West Virginia University. With a Ph.D. in composition, the Boston-based Grimes founded the modern instrumental group Cordis. Grimes plays a hammered-dulcimer-esque stringed instrument called the Cimbalon. Joining him here are pianist Oscar Rodriguez, cellist Jeremy Harman and percussionist Andrew Beall.
Cordis' debut album, Here on Out, was released in 2007. On this edition of Mountain Stage, the band performs three Grimes compositions from its yet-to-be-released follow-up album.
This segment originally aired on October 30, 2009.