Avalon from Julian Lage and Chris “Critter” Eldridge is a love letter to the sound of the acoustic guitar. Their set list is a mix of originals and covers that illustrate the breadth of the American songbook, incorporating bluegrass, country, gospel, old-time music, and jazz.
Julian Lage is an American guitarist, composer, and arranger. Hailed as a child guitar prodigy, Julian was the subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Jules at 8. His music is rooted in both traditional and acoustic forms, and he has had the opportunity to collaborate with renowned artists such as Jim Hall, Mark O’Connor, Bela Fleck, Gary Burton, David Grisman, and Joshua Bell. His debut recording Sounding Point was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Jazz Album of the Year.
As a member of Punch Brothers, guitarist Chris Eldridge has been at the vanguard of acoustic music for much of the past decade. Chris developed a deep love for acoustic music thanks in part to his father, a banjo player and founding member of the seminal bluegrass group The Seldom Scene. Eldridge later gained in-depth exposure to a variety of different musical styles while studying at Oberlin Conservatory. In 2005, he founded the bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters. At the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association awards, Eldridge and his Stringdusters bandmates won Emerging artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year for their debut album. Meanwhile, in 2005, he had caught the attention of mandolinist Chris Thile, who enlisted him in a project that became Punch Brothers. The band has since released three critically acclaimed albums, received two Grammy nominations, and toured around the world. Chris Eldridge has worked with musical luminaries as diverse as Paul Simon, Renée Fleming, Justin Timberlake, Elvis Costello, and Del McCoury.
“There’s a disarming spirit of generosity in the musicianship of Julian Lage, and a keener sense of judicious withholding. A guitarist with roots tangled up in jazz, folk, classical and country music, he has spent most of his life bathed in a bright, expectant light.”
– The New York Times