Ruckus is a new baroque band with a fresh, visceral approach to early music. The ensemble’s debut in the summer of 2017 in Handel’s Aci, Galatea e Polifemo at National Sawdust (directed by Christopher Alden, starring Anthony Roth Costanzo, Ambur Braid and Davóne Tines) earned widespread critical acclaim: “achingly delicate one moment, incisive and punchy the next” (The New York Times), “superb” (Opera News). Ruckus’ core members are a continuo group, the baroque equivalent of a rhythm section: guitars, keyboards, cello, bassoon and bass. The ensemble aims to fuse the early-music movement’s questing, creative spirit with the grit, groove and jangle of American roots music, creating a unique sound of “rough-edged intensity” (The New Yorker). In addition to performing concerts as a quintet, the ensemble regularly collaborates with guest soloists, both instrumentalists and singers.