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Chris Thile, of the progressive bluegrass band Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist. Encompassing 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. Recently awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant (2013), Thile collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer on the Grammy-winning CD, The Goat Rodeo Sessions. On this solo program, he draws from his recent recording of Bach sonatas and partitas while also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music.
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Chris Thile, of the progressive bluegrass band Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist. Recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, Thile also won a Grammy award for his work on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. Punch Brothers released their latest album Who’s Feeling Young Now? on Nonesuch Records in 2012. In Spring 2013, Thile releases Bach Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1, also on Nonesuch.
This performance marks Chris Thile’s second appearance with UMS, following his UMS debut in October 2009 with the Punch Brothers.