LIVE: Chris Thile @ College of St. Rose’s Massry Center, 10/27/13

November 4th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg
Chris Thile

Chris Thile

Review by Bokonon
Photographs by Rudy Lu

Just a mandolin. That’s right, just a mandolin. OK, good looks, great voice, superb sense of humor and a rumpled brown suit, but really, Chris Thile commanded the Massry Center with just a mandolin.

The 32-year-old is no slouch. He’s been seen in the area in combinations such as Nickel Creek, Punch Brothers, Goat Rodeo, the Thile/Daves duo and even as a sparring partner for Brad Mehldau. But at the Massry it was simply man vs. eight strings.

Holy shit. Man won. On a machine that’s rarely considered a solo instrument.

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The Massry Center at St. Rose Announces New Concert

July 2nd, 2013, 11:00 am by Greg
Chris Thile

Chris Thile

The College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center has announced the first concert of its fall season, and it’s an old (and very versatile) friend.

Mandolin master and MacArthur Fellowship honoree Chris Thile will grace the Massry Center stage at 7:30pm on Sunday, October 27, in support of his upcoming album, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, slated for release next month. Produced by Edgar Meyer, the album features Thile performing three Bach works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003.

With his acoustic progressive band the Punch Brothers, Thile has been a frequent Nippertown visitor, playing at The Egg several times, as well as opening for the Dave Matthews Band at the Times Union Center. But he has also played with a variety of other musicians around town. In April, he played a duet concert with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau at the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington. On Saturday, July 20, he’ll play with guitarist-vocalist Michael Daves at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill. And on August 15, he’ll step into the spotlight at Tanglewood in Lenox, performing with Yo-Yo Ma and the Goat Rodeo Sessions.

Tickets for Thile’s concert at the Massry Center are priced at $30, and are currently on sale to the general public.

Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau Bring Bluegrass and Jazz to Mahaiwe, April 13 [Berkshire on Stage]

April 10th, 2013, 1:00 pm by Sara

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.

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Punch Brothers’ Mandolinist-Bandleader Chris Thile Is Awarded MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Grant

October 2nd, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg
 Chris Thile and Michael Davis @ Grey Fox Music Festival in July

Chris Thile and Michael Daves @ Grey Fox Music Festival in July (photo by Andrzej Pilarczyk)

On Sunday evening (September 30), mandolinist-vocalist-songwriter Chris Thile took the stage at The Egg in Albany and led his band, Punch Brothers, through a dizzying, genre-smashing concert that ran the musically stylistic gamut from bluegrass to jazz to chamber music and far beyond.

Less than 24 hours later, it was announced that Thile had been chosen to receive a coveted MacArthur Fellows Program award (known more commonly as a “genius grant”), from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Thile – who, at 31 years old, is the youngest of this year’s 23 MacArthur Foundations fellows – will receive $500,000 over the course of the next five years do use in whatever way he chooses.

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LIVE: Chris Thile & Michael Daves @ Club Helsinki, 1/11/12

January 18th, 2012, 4:00 pm by Greg

Review by Bokonon

Holy mother of God, Chris Thile can play the mandolin. With acts like the defunct Nickel Creek and the kinetic, brainy Punch Brothers, the skinny young man often gets way too up in his head, scraping the strings with intellect rather than his pick. But paired with NYC wildman Michael Daves, Thile reaches into his heart and under his belt, adding guts and grease to all that smarty pants music theory.

The result is explosive.

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