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UMS Playlist: Bluegrass by UMS Associate Programming Manager Liz Stover

This post is a part of a series of playlists curated by UMS staff, artists, and community. Check out more music here.

Photo: Brooklyn Rider (performing in Ann Arbor on November 24, 2013). Photo by Sarah Small.

Having grown up in a household where jam bands were in frequent rotation on our stereo, and having developed a musical background in violin, that I eventually loved bluegrass music is no big surprise. Bluegrass is a genre of frequent collaboration — many of the artists in this playlist play in bands together or work on projects with each other while also maintaining their own solo projects or groups.

I fell in love with the music of Punch Brothers when UMS presented them in October 2009 at the Power Center, and have since followed their musical endeavors and discovered other exciting artists along the way. Here in Ann Arbor, we’re also lucky to have the Ark, a stellar local institution that is a national leader in the presentation of folk and bluegrass music.

This season, I can’t wait to welcome back Chris Thile (the mandolin player of the Punch Brothers) in October for a solo performance to follow his forthcoming record release of Bach sonatas and partitas. I am also really excited that we’re bringing banjo player Béla Fleck back with the exciting young string quartet Brooklyn Rider (who are also members of the Silk Road Ensemble) in November, mixing two of my favorite genres, bluegrass and chamber music! If this playlist and those two shows leave you wanting more, check out vocalist Sarah Jarosz or An Evening with Noam Pikelny (banjo), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Jesse Cobb (mandolin), Barry Bales (bass), and Luke Bulla (fiddle), both at the Ark in October.

What did you think about this playlist? Share your thoughts or song suggestions in the comments below.

Behind the Scenes with Chris Thile

This post is a part of a series of playlists curated by artists, UMS Staff, and community. Check out more music here.
Photo: Chris Thile. Photo by Brantley Gutierrez.

Chris Thile, is a mandolin virtuoso, composer, and vocalist. You might know his a member of groups like the Punch Brothers or Nickel Creek. In 2013, we asked Thile to share a playlist.

Full list:
The Beach Boys: Surf’s Up (from the Smile Sessions)
Glenn Gould: Allemande and Corrente (from the Partita in Bb by J.S. Bach)
Gillian Welch: Dark Turn of Mind (from the Harrow and the Harvest)
Tzvi Erez: Passepied (from Suite Bergamasque by Claude Debussy)
Sufjan Stevens: I Want to Be Well (from The Age of Adz)
Edgar Meyer with Bela Fleck and Mike Marshall: Uncommon Ritual (from Uncommon Ritual)
Radiohead: Videotape (from In Rainbows)
Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Fritz Reiner: Giuoco Delle Coppie: Allegretto Scherzando (from the Concerto for Orchestra by Bartok)
He Loves You Not: Dream (from It Was All a Dream)
Väsen: Björkbergspolskan (from Keyed Up)

Selected tracks on Spotify:

Chris Thile performs with Yo-Yo Ma and Edgar Meyer on April 22, 2017.

Last updated 5/2/2016.

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