Chris Thile

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CMNW and Portland favorite Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek fame, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.On this new program, he draws from his highly acclaimed 2013 recording of Bach Sonatas and Partitas, while also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music. "This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin like, "Oh boy, what fun, he's playing a weird instrument!”, says Thile. "It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light."

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. Hailed by The Times of London as "brilliant, audacious, original and, above all, entertaining," the Punch Brothers recently released their latest album “The Phosphorescent Blues” in January 2015, and Thile and renowned bassist Edgar Meyer released their latest album collaboration “Bass + Mandolin” in September 2014.
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