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  • Mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Chris Thile’s Laysongs will be released on Nonesuch Records on June 4, 2021. Laysongs is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality. Recorded in a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic, Laysongs features the three-part “Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth,” which was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters; a song Thile wrote about Dionysus; a selection from Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin; “God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot” based on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s adaptation of a Leonard Cohen poem; and a Hazel Dickens cover. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include a print of the album cover image autographed by Thile.

  • Chris Thile, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Rhiannon Giddens, Jeremy Denk, Mandy Patinkin, Gaby Moreno, and Nico Muhly will take part in NY PopsUp, a festival featuring hundreds of pop-up performances—many of which are free of charge and all open to the public—throughout New York City and State. Additionally, Thile and Salvant are on a council of artistic advisors partnering with curator Zack Winokur to program the series. NYPopsUp, which will run from Saturday, February 20, through Labor Day, will make stages out of existing landscapes, including iconic transit stations, parks, subway platforms, museums, skate parks, street corners, fire escapes, parking lots, storefronts, and upstate venues. The festival is being coordinated with state public health officials and will strictly adhere to Department of Health COVID-19 protocols.

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    Grammy Award Winner: Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance

    Nonesuch releases the second recording collaboration by bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile—Bass & Mandolin—on September 9, 2014. The album features ten original compositions by the two artists, who have been performing together sporadically for more than a decade and made their recording debut as a duo with 2008’s Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, which the Washington Post, among others, praised, saying “Thile and Meyer are most enthralling when they pass a melody back and forth, fingers flying.” Meyer also plays piano on the album and Thile plays guitar.

    Meyer and Thile began playing together 15 years ago, and began performing live as a duo in 2003. Thile says, “We have grown a lot as a collaborative entity between our first recording and now, at least partially due to our work together on The Goat Rodeo Sessions collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Stuart Duncan. As collaborators, we’ve found a warmer voice to share.” Meyer adds, “Chris is comfortable with all kinds of improvising, with lots of different musical feelings and rhythmic feelings. With him I can do anything I want. I can just be a bass player or I can play the melody. There are not many people with whom I have so much common ground. We can get to the bottom of things very quickly.”

    Throughout a lifetime of performing and composing, Edgar Meyer has turned the double bass into a modern virtuoso instrument that is equally at home in classical music and in the American vernacular. In 1994, Meyer became the first bassist to win the Avery Fisher Prize. He is also a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award and four Grammy Awards. Meyer has found devoted audiences through a vast range of projects, from his own double bass concertos that he continues to perform regularly to recital collaborations with Emanuel Ax and Amy Dorfman and performance and recording projects with artists including Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, and many others. The New Yorker calls him “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.”

    MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is the founding member of Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer recently called “the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen.” The group’s three Nonesuch releases are Punch, Antifogmatic, and Who’s Feeling Young Now? and a fourth is slated for an early 2015 release. Thile’s other Nonesuch releases include a duet album of traditional bluegrass songs with guitarist Michael Daves, Sleep with One Eye Open, and a prominent role in the T Bone Burnett–produced soundtrack to the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. Thile recently collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Meyer for the double Grammy Award–winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions. As a soloist, he has released five albums—most recently the highly praised Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1—and performed extensively as a duo with fellow eminent mandolinist Mike Marshall. He spent 15 years as a member of the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum selling Nickel Creek, which reunited this year for its highest-charting album to date, A Dotted Line (Nonesuch). Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of bluegrass innovators including Béla Fleck, Dolly Parton, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush.

    Credits

    MUSICIANS
    Chris Thile: mandolin, guitar
    Edgar Meyer: bass, piano

    PRODUCTION CREDITS
    Produced by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
    Recorded January-February and April, 2014, by Dave Sinko at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
    Assistant Engineer: Dann Thompson
    Mixed by Richard King
    Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME

    Photography: David McClister, Andrew Paynter
    Design: John Gall

    All songs by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer except “Friday,” by Edgar Meyer

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on July 15, 2014 - 6:35pm
Release Date: 
Tuesday, September 9, 2014 - 13:00
DescriptionExcerpt: 

Bass & Mandolin, the second recording collaboration by bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile, features ten original compositions by the two artists, who have been performing together sporadically for more than a decade and made their recording debut as a duo with 2008’s Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile. Meyer also plays piano on the album and Thile plays guitar. Grammy Award Winner: Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance.

Description: 

Grammy Award Winner: Best Contemporary Instrumental Performance

Nonesuch releases the second recording collaboration by bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolinist Chris Thile—Bass & Mandolin—on September 9, 2014. The album features ten original compositions by the two artists, who have been performing together sporadically for more than a decade and made their recording debut as a duo with 2008’s Edgar Meyer & Chris Thile, which the Washington Post, among others, praised, saying “Thile and Meyer are most enthralling when they pass a melody back and forth, fingers flying.” Meyer also plays piano on the album and Thile plays guitar.

Meyer and Thile began playing together 15 years ago, and began performing live as a duo in 2003. Thile says, “We have grown a lot as a collaborative entity between our first recording and now, at least partially due to our work together on The Goat Rodeo Sessions collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Stuart Duncan. As collaborators, we’ve found a warmer voice to share.” Meyer adds, “Chris is comfortable with all kinds of improvising, with lots of different musical feelings and rhythmic feelings. With him I can do anything I want. I can just be a bass player or I can play the melody. There are not many people with whom I have so much common ground. We can get to the bottom of things very quickly.”

Throughout a lifetime of performing and composing, Edgar Meyer has turned the double bass into a modern virtuoso instrument that is equally at home in classical music and in the American vernacular. In 1994, Meyer became the first bassist to win the Avery Fisher Prize. He is also a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award and four Grammy Awards. Meyer has found devoted audiences through a vast range of projects, from his own double bass concertos that he continues to perform regularly to recital collaborations with Emanuel Ax and Amy Dorfman and performance and recording projects with artists including Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma, Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Mark O’Connor, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Mike Marshall, and many others. The New Yorker calls him “the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument.”

MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is the founding member of Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer recently called “the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen.” The group’s three Nonesuch releases are Punch, Antifogmatic, and Who’s Feeling Young Now? and a fourth is slated for an early 2015 release. Thile’s other Nonesuch releases include a duet album of traditional bluegrass songs with guitarist Michael Daves, Sleep with One Eye Open, and a prominent role in the T Bone Burnett–produced soundtrack to the Coen brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis. Thile recently collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Meyer for the double Grammy Award–winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions. As a soloist, he has released five albums—most recently the highly praised Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1—and performed extensively as a duo with fellow eminent mandolinist Mike Marshall. He spent 15 years as a member of the Grammy Award–winning, multi-platinum selling Nickel Creek, which reunited this year for its highest-charting album to date, A Dotted Line (Nonesuch). Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of bluegrass innovators including Béla Fleck, Dolly Parton, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush.

ProductionCredits: 

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Produced by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer
Recorded January-February and April, 2014, by Dave Sinko at Skywalker Sound, Marin County, CA
Assistant Engineer: Dann Thompson
Mixed by Richard King
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, ME

Photography: David McClister, Andrew Paynter
Design: John Gall

All songs by Chris Thile & Edgar Meyer except “Friday,” by Edgar Meyer

Cover Art: 
Nonesuch Selection Number: 

544735

ns_album_releasedate: 
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 - 22:30
Album Status: 
UPC/Price: 
Label: 
CD+MP3
UPC: 
075597953749
Label: 
FLAC
UPC: 
075597953701
Price: 
11.00
Label: 
MP3
UPC: 
075597953817
Price: 
10.00
Artist Name: 
Chris Thile
Edgar Meyer
MusicianDetails: 

MUSICIANS
Chris Thile: mandolin, guitar
Edgar Meyer: bass, piano

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