Reblogged: Brad Mehldau and Chris Thile in concert, April 2013

I’m pleased to add this to my blog as it reminds me of their gig at Wigmore Hall in Sept 2011 when Chris stunned the normally staid audience into whoops of delight! And Chris’s delight in performing without amplification was a joy too!

BERKSHIRE ON STAGE and SCREEN

Great Barrington, MA: Mahaiwe Performing Arts presents two groundbreaking young American musicians, singer/mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile and pianist Brad Mehldau, in a rare performance as a duo on Saturday, April 13 at 8:00pm. Both are virtuosos who boldly mix their respective areas of expertise-bluegrass and jazz-with influences from Radiohead to Bach. Now these kindred spirits combine their dazzling imaginations in an evening of classical transcriptions, pop covers, and original songs.

Thile is a mandolinist and composer, Mehldau a lyrical jazz piano voice with the same wide range of musical interests. They join together for a rare evening that could go anywhere in the musical spectrum.

Chris Thile, of Punch Brothers, has changed the mandolin forever, elevating it from its origins as a relatively simple folk and bluegrass instrument to the sophistication and brilliance of the finest jazz improvisation and classical performance.

For more than 15 years, Thile played in the…

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