Warren & Flick explore the nuanced textures of a two person ensemble. Using both original material and arranged standards from many genres, this ensemble finds new depth in the simplicity of a duo. Jacob Warren plays double bass, while Grant Flick plays violin, tenor guitar and mandolin. Currently based out of Ann Arbor, Michigan, the two met at the 2015 Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS), a program accepting only sixteen young string players from around the world to participate in a week of intense improvisation, composition and performance training. A part of the Savannah Music Festival in Georgia, AMS is led by multi-instrumentalist Mike Marshall with the help of guitarist Julian Lage.
After discovering their shared musical interests, Jacob and Grant began collaborating as a duo as well as in a larger project called Westbound Situation, both of which are comprised of AMS alums. Grant currently attends the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance, where he is a jazz studies major. Jacob graduated in 2019 from the University of Michigan with a Master of Music in Improvisation and a Master of Music in Chamber Music. Jacob also hold a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from U of M. Jacob and Grant spend much of their time arranging, composing and performing together. With Jacob’s classical foundation and Grant’s experience in bluegrass and jazz, their contrasting backgrounds give this collaboration a unique and compelling musical narrative.
Jacob Warren of Ann Arbor, MI is a multi-style bassist. His background and interests lie in a wide ranging variety of acoustic styles, including, but not limited to classical, traditional and contemporary folk, jazz, bluegrass, newgrass, Cajun, and gypsy jazz. Jacob is a regular performing artist, as well as a sought after recording artist and collaborator.
Jacob began double bass studies at the age of 10 under the tutelage of Robert Rohwer, Adjunct Assistant Professor, BGSU. He obtained his bachelor's degree in music performance from the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre & Dance in 2017 with the school's Earl V. Moore Award in Music. During his undergraduate years, he studied with Professor Diana Gannett. In 2019 Jacob graduated with a Master of Music in Improvisation and a Master of Music in Chamber Music from the University of Michigan.
In the summer of 2013, Jacob was selected to be a member of the National Youth Orchestra of the United States of America, sponsored by Carnegie Hall – Weill Music Institute, and toured with that ensemble, conducted by Valery Gergiev, to New York, Washington DC, Moscow, St. Petersburg and London. In addition to his orchestral accomplishments, Jacob is also an aspiring classical soloist. In the summer of 2014 he was selected as one of five participants in the Pirastro Strings Elite Soloist Program run by acclaimed bass teacher and soloist Jeff Bradetich.
Grant Flick of Bowling Green, OH, has been playing and performing for the past seven years on many instruments including violin, mandolin, and tenor guitar. Primarily, his interests are jazz/swing, bluegrass, and new acoustic music.
He has received numerous music awards including the 2013 Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin, and he was a 2015 finalist in the Walnut Valley Festival Fiddle Competition in Winfield, KS. Grant has taught workshops at the Tenor Guitar Gathering (Astoria, Oregon), the Falling Waters Music Camp (Ithaca, New York), and Augusta Bluegrass Week 2017 (Elkins, West Virginia). He has performed at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Red Wing Roots Festival, Indiana Fiddler’s Gathering, and many other festivals. Frank Vignola, Mike Marshall, Julian Lage, and Darol Anger are just some of the notable musicians with whom Grant has appeared on stage. Grant is currently and undergraduate attending the University of Michigan studying Jazz Performance.