American Patchwork Quartet is composed of Grammy-winning guitarist/vocalist Clay Ross, 3x Grammy-winning drummer Clarence Penn, Grammy-nominated vocalist Falu Shah, and highly acclaimed bassist Yasushi Nakamura. Together, they showcase the dynamic diversity of contemporary culture by reimagining timeless songs from America’s past.
APQ draws on a repertoire of centuries-old American folk songs that highlight America’s immigrant roots. They showcase America’s dynamic present by combining the diverse talents of four U.S. citizens, each with a unique cultural background. In this group, 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.