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  • Telluride Bluegrass Festival Kicks Off with Sets from Chris Thile, Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, and More

    The 41st Anniversary Telluride Bluegrass Festival kicks off in Telluride, Colorado, this morning and continues through the weekend to coincide with the summer solstice, with performances from Chris Thile, who opens the festivities, Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers, as well as workshops from Sara Watkins and Sean Watkins, and Punch Brothers' Chris Eldridge and Noam Pikelny. As has become a Telluride tradition, Punch Brothers close out the weekend's proceedings with a late-night show in Sheridan Opera House Sunday night. The festival will stream live from KOTO.org.

  • Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Presents "Nonesuch Records at BAM" for Label's 50th Anniversary, With 23 Evenings of Music

    In honor of the 50th anniversary of Nonesuch Records, the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) presents a wide-ranging series of concerts, September 9–28. Part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival, these diverse engagements—featuring 23 evenings of music—underscore the longstanding relationship between Nonesuch artists and BAM. Performs include Philip Glass, Steve Reich, Timo Andres, Brad Mehldau, Chris Thile, Dawn Upshaw, Alarm Will Sound performing works by John Adams, Youssou N'Dour, Rhiannon Giddens, Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt, Iron and Wine, Kronos Quartet, Natalie Merchant, Sam Amidon, Olivia Chaney, Laurie Anderson, Rokia Traoré, Toumani & Sidiki Diabaté, Caetano Veloso, and Robert Plant.

About Chris Thile

Chris Thile, widely regarded as one of the most interesting and inventive musicians of his generation, has changed the mandolin forever, elevating it from its origins as a relatively simple folk and bluegrass instrument to the sophistication and brilliance of the finest jazz improvisation and classical performance.

For more than 15 years, Thile played in the wildly popular band Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums for a combined two million records sold, was awarded a Grammy in 2002, and traveled the world on sold-out concert tours. As a soloist he has released four albums, on which he conquered a dizzying range of instruments, songwriting challenges and musical styles. Thile has also performed and recorded extensively as a duo with double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer (with whom he released a dually eponymous album on Nonesuch and toured the world in the fall of 2008) and with fellow eminent mandolinist Mike Marshall.

 In April 2007, Meyer and pianist Emanuel Ax commissioned Thile to write a piece for double bass and piano, which they performed on a tour including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. In September 2009, Thile gave the world premiere of his first Mandolin Concerto, Chris Thile gave the world premiere of his Mandolin Concerto, Ad astra per alia porci, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Kahane at Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall; the Denver Post, called it "nothing short of astounding." Additionally, Thile has collaborated with a pantheon of bluegrass innovators including Béla Fleck, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush.

Latest Release

  • Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G Minor / Partita No. 1 in B Minor [LP]

    Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G Minor / Partita No. 1 in B Minor [LP]

    On this vinyl album, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile performs two Bach works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 and Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002. "His timing is meticulous," says The New Yorker, "but his version also has the liveliness that improvising musicians sometimes can bring to written material." Gramophone exclaims: "This is extraordinary playing from an extraordinary musician who is willing to stretch stylistic and technical boundaries to further his art while paying homage to one of the greatest composers of all time." The album, produced by Edgar Meyer, was pressed on a single disc in 140-gram vinyl at Pallas.

On Tour

  • September 10, 2014 – 08:00 pmBAM Harvey Theater, Brooklyn, NY
  • September 17, 2014 – 07:30 pmMeany Hall for the Performing Arts, Seattle, WA
  • September 19, 2014 – 07:30 pmWeill Hall, Green Music Center, Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA
  • September 20, 2014 – 08:00 pmRoyce Hall, Los Angeles, CA
  • September 21, 2014 – 07:00 pmBing Concert Hall, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • September 23, 2014 – 07:30 pmNewman Center, Denver, CO
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