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Founders

Created in spring 2014, Founders includes some of New York City's most dynamic classical musicians – Ben Russell, violin
and vocals; Nathan Schram, viola; Hamilton Berry, cello and vocals; Andrew Roitstein, bass; and Brandon Ridenour, trumpet
and piano. The musicians of Founders met through various connections in New York City, several as students at Juilliard.
Well before Founders was conceived, they often found themselves writing arrangements for various projects and
collaborations. Read about the members: www.foundersmusic.org/members

After realizing they were all part of similar ventures, they decided to form Founders, where they could create the music they
wanted to create – from Appalachian folk originals to acoustic explorations of experimental rock – as showcased on You &
Who. The title of the album is taken from the opening track, which pays homage to Radiohead’s “You and Whose Army”
from the band’s iconic 2001 album Amnesiac.

Founders seeks to bring classical instruments to a wider audience of music lovers, defying the stereotype that because
someone is classically trained, they can’t “rock out.” Although classical instruments are frequently used in the background in
rock to support guitars, keyboards, and drums, in Founders classical instruments are the sound of the band, coupled with
memorable songs and vocals.

“We love creating new music. The reward always surpasses the risk simply because we have this opportunity to create. As a
group, we feel compelled to move and progress in a direction that will positively influence the evolution of music. In the
grand scheme of things, we believe it is actually more risky to be traditionalists and seek a ‘safe’ road toward success. Taking
a chance is what the creating art is all about. We hope to be a group that can open the minds of future generations of music
makers and music lovers.” — Founders

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