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  • December 12, 2016

    Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau were guests on CBS This Morning Saturday. They stopped gave a Saturday Sessions performance of three songs from their forthcoming debut duo album, Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau: Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice It's Alright," Elliott Smith's "Independence Day," and Thile and Mehldau's own "The Old Shade Tree." The selection reflects the mix of covers and original songs on the new double album, which is due January 27. You can watch the performances here.

     

  • December 7, 2016

    Joshua Redman and Brad Mehldau were featured on PBS NewsHour yesterday, the day they were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Jazz Instrumental Album for their debut duo album, Nearness. The longtime friends, collaborators, and Nonesuch label mates spoke with NewsHour's Jeffrey Brown about making music together, or, as the show says, "how a passion for improvisation can make beautiful music." You can watch the interview and a performance of the album track "Old West" from the show here.

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  • Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio. Mehldau also has a solo piano recording entitled Elegiac Cycle, and a record called Places that includes both solo piano and trio songs. Elegiac Cycle and Places might be called “concept” albums. They are made up exclusively of original material and have central themes that hover over the compositions. Other Mehldau recordings include Largo, a collaborative effort with the innovative musician and producer Jon Brion, and Anything Goes—a trio outing with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy.

    His first record for Nonesuch, Brad Mehldau Live in Tokyo, was released in 2004. After ten rewarding years with Rossy playing in Mehldau’s regular trio, drummer Jeff Ballard joined the band in 2005. The label released its first album from the Brad Mehldau Trio—Day is Done—in 2005.

    Mehldau’s musical personality forms a dichotomy. He is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays. In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device. As he plays, he listens to how ideas unwind, and the order in which they reveal themselves. Each tune has a strongly felt narrative arch, whether it expresses itself in a beginning, an end, or something left intentionally open-ended. The two sides of Mehldau’s personality—the improviser and the formalist—play off each other, and the effect is often something like controlled chaos.

    Mehldau has performed around the world at a steady pace since the mid-1990s, with his trio and as a solo pianist. His performances convey a wide range of expression. There is often an intellectual rigor to the continuous process of abstraction that may take place on a given tune, and a certain density of information. That could be followed by a stripped down, emotionally direct ballad. Mehldau favors juxtaposing extremes. He has attracted a sizeable following over the years, one that has grown to expect a singular, intense experience in his performance.

    In addition to his trio and solo projects, Mehldau has worked with a number of great jazz musicians, including a rewarding gig with saxophonist Joshua Redman’s band for two years, recording and concerts with Charlie Haden and Lee Konitz, and recording as a sideman with the likes of Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, and Charles Lloyd. For more than a decade, he has collaborated with several musicians and peers whom he respects greatly, including the guitarists Peter Bernstein and Kurt Rosenwinkel and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Mehldau also has played on a number of recordings outside of the jazz idiom, like Willie Nelson’s Teatro and singer-songwriter Joe Henry’s Scar. His music has appeared in several movies, including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Wim Wender’s Million Dollar Hotel. He also composed an original soundtrack for the French film, Ma Femme Est Une Actrice. Mehldau recently composed two new works commissioned by Carnegie Hall for voice and piano, The Blue Estuaries and The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, which were performed in the spring of 2005 with the acclaimed classical soprano, Renée Fleming. These songs were recorded with Fleming and released in 2006 on the Love Sublime record; simultaneously, Nonesuch released an album of Mehldau’s jazz compositions for trio entitled House on Hill. In March 2007, Mehldau debuted the piano concerto The Brady Bunch Variations for piano and orchestra at Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris with Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France.

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Wed, Jan 18
Zurich
church Neumünster
Wed, Jan 18
Zurich
church Neumünster
Fri, Jan 20
Schaan
Theater Liechtenstein
Fri, Jan 20
Schaan
Theater Liechtenstein
Sat, Jan 21
Chiasso
Cinema Teatro Di Chiasso
Sat, Jan 21
Chiasso
Cinema Teatro Di Chiasso
Thu, Feb 16
Brussels
Bozar
Thu, Feb 16
Brussels
Bozar
Fri, Feb 17
Antwerp
De Roma
Fri, Feb 17
Antwerp
De Roma
Sat, Feb 18
Eindhoven
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Sat, Feb 18
Eindhoven
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Sun, Feb 19
Madrid
Auditorio Nacional Sala de Cámara
Sun, Feb 19
Madrid
Auditorio Nacional Sala de Cámara
Tue, Feb 21
Burgos
Caja de Burgos
Tue, Feb 21
Burgos
Caja de Burgos
Thu, Feb 23
Bilbao
Sala BBK
Thu, Feb 23
Bilbao
Sala BBK
Fri, Feb 24
Lisbon
Centro Cultural de Belem
Fri, Feb 24
Lisbon
Centro Cultural de Belem
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Mandolinist/singer Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, longtime admirers of each other's work, make their duo debut together with Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau, a mix of covers and original songs. "Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species," says the New York Times. "Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass pacesetter; Mr. Mehldau is the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years. Both are team players." The vinyl edition includes a bonus performance of Fiona Apple's "Fast As You Can."

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Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau has recorded and performed extensively since the early 1990s. Mehldau’s most consistent output over the years has taken place in the trio format. Starting in 1996, his group released a series of five records on Warner Bros. entitled The Art of the Trio. Mehldau also has a solo piano recording entitled Elegiac Cycle, and a record called Places that includes both solo piano and trio songs. Elegiac Cycle and Places might be called “concept” albums. They are made up exclusively of original material and have central themes that hover over the compositions. Other Mehldau recordings include Largo, a collaborative effort with the innovative musician and producer Jon Brion, and Anything Goes—a trio outing with bassist Larry Grenadier and drummer Jorge Rossy.

His first record for Nonesuch, Brad Mehldau Live in Tokyo, was released in 2004. After ten rewarding years with Rossy playing in Mehldau’s regular trio, drummer Jeff Ballard joined the band in 2005. The label released its first album from the Brad Mehldau Trio—Day is Done—in 2005.

Mehldau’s musical personality forms a dichotomy. He is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music, and it informs everything he plays. In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device. As he plays, he listens to how ideas unwind, and the order in which they reveal themselves. Each tune has a strongly felt narrative arch, whether it expresses itself in a beginning, an end, or something left intentionally open-ended. The two sides of Mehldau’s personality—the improviser and the formalist—play off each other, and the effect is often something like controlled chaos.

Mehldau has performed around the world at a steady pace since the mid-1990s, with his trio and as a solo pianist. His performances convey a wide range of expression. There is often an intellectual rigor to the continuous process of abstraction that may take place on a given tune, and a certain density of information. That could be followed by a stripped down, emotionally direct ballad. Mehldau favors juxtaposing extremes. He has attracted a sizeable following over the years, one that has grown to expect a singular, intense experience in his performance.

In addition to his trio and solo projects, Mehldau has worked with a number of great jazz musicians, including a rewarding gig with saxophonist Joshua Redman’s band for two years, recording and concerts with Charlie Haden and Lee Konitz, and recording as a sideman with the likes of Wayne Shorter, John Scofield, and Charles Lloyd. For more than a decade, he has collaborated with several musicians and peers whom he respects greatly, including the guitarists Peter Bernstein and Kurt Rosenwinkel and tenor saxophonist Mark Turner. Mehldau also has played on a number of recordings outside of the jazz idiom, like Willie Nelson’s Teatro and singer-songwriter Joe Henry’s Scar. His music has appeared in several movies, including Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut and Wim Wender’s Million Dollar Hotel. He also composed an original soundtrack for the French film, Ma Femme Est Une Actrice. Mehldau recently composed two new works commissioned by Carnegie Hall for voice and piano, The Blue Estuaries and The Book of Hours: Love Poems to God, which were performed in the spring of 2005 with the acclaimed classical soprano, Renée Fleming. These songs were recorded with Fleming and released in 2006 on the Love Sublime record; simultaneously, Nonesuch released an album of Mehldau’s jazz compositions for trio entitled House on Hill. In March 2007, Mehldau debuted the piano concerto The Brady Bunch Variations for piano and orchestra at Théâtre du Chatelet in Paris with Orchestre National d’Ile-de-France.

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Tour

Wed, Jan 18
Zurich
church Neumünster
Wed, Jan 18
Zurich
church Neumünster
Fri, Jan 20
Schaan
Theater Liechtenstein
Fri, Jan 20
Schaan
Theater Liechtenstein
Sat, Jan 21
Chiasso
Cinema Teatro Di Chiasso
Sat, Jan 21
Chiasso
Cinema Teatro Di Chiasso
Thu, Feb 16
Brussels
Bozar
Thu, Feb 16
Brussels
Bozar
Fri, Feb 17
Antwerp
De Roma
Fri, Feb 17
Antwerp
De Roma
Sat, Feb 18
Eindhoven
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Sat, Feb 18
Eindhoven
Muziekgebouw Eindhoven
Sun, Feb 19
Madrid
Auditorio Nacional Sala de Cámara
Sun, Feb 19
Madrid
Auditorio Nacional Sala de Cámara
Tue, Feb 21
Burgos
Caja de Burgos
Tue, Feb 21
Burgos
Caja de Burgos
Thu, Feb 23
Bilbao
Sala BBK
Thu, Feb 23
Bilbao
Sala BBK
Fri, Feb 24
Lisbon
Centro Cultural de Belem
Fri, Feb 24
Lisbon
Centro Cultural de Belem
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