Tickets | Saturday | October 5 | 2013 | 7:30 P.M.
Mandolinist extraordinaire Chris Thile is only 32, but already he has changed the world in which he operates several times. With Punch Brothers, which the Newman Center presented in 2010, Chris wrote larger-scale pieces for a traditionally instrumented bluegrass band. Along the way he composed a Concerto for mandolin and orchestra, which had its world premiere in Denver. The LA Times compared him to Duke Ellington or Astor Piazzolla, who also tried to extend their idioms (jazz and tango, respectively) into ambitious concert forms while remaining rooted to their bases.
Chris has collaborated with the likes of guitarist Michael Daves, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer, fellow mandolinist Mike Marshall and a pantheon of musical innovators from multiple genres including Béla Fleck, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Brad Mehldau, Hilary Hahn, and Gabe Kahane.
Recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship (aka “genius grant”), in February 2013 Thile also won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. In Spring 2013, Thile releases Bach Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1, also on Nonesuch Records. On this new program, he draws from his new Bach recording, while also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music.
“Thile is an astonishing exponent of his instrument; every note is charged with musical feeling way beyond that of a mere technician.” – The LA Times