Skip to comments.Laurie Niles Chris Thile's mandolin concerto comes to life
Posted on 04/29/2012 8:52:59 PM PDT by ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas
"It took Bach for me to figure out there was something mighty and substantial in classical music," Thile said before the concert, sitting with mandolin in hand, his left foot resting over his right, alongside conductor Jeffrey Kahane. "It always seemed to me that it wasn't grooving which is very simplistic. It grooves, in a different way. To me, it was a revelation; it was mesmerizing to my core."
The desire to learn Bach's solo Sonatas and Partitas for violin pushed Thile to teach himself to read music, he said, as learning Bach by ear "was slow-going."
(Excerpt) Read more at violinist.com ...
There was a movie about the band called "To grow a band." The problem with making movies that have serious music in them is that they are attacked by tin-eared "movie critics." But Punch Brothers is doing just fine. I just realized they will play at Antone's in Austin but I can't get a ticket because they are completely sold out.
The piece in the title is "modern symphony music." More interesting to me are his arrangements of Bach and Charlie Parker (although that piece contains a lot of improvisation). His current band is call Punch Brothers, who play standard bluegrass instruments (if you allow a string bass instead of a washtub).
But that boy is good on the mandolin.
I remember Chris Thile from back when he was with Nickel Creek. Quite the musician that boy.
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Wow! What a talented guy. Thanks for posting this.
Here is another one. Listen to the way he plays in spite of some yahoos in the audience. The ending is great. The Punch Brothers - Bach's Presto of the G Minor Sonata
Fantastic post! Enjoyed all the videos.
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For encores, they would play Russian folk compositions. There's nothing like a full mandolin orchestra playing throbbing/passionate or merry/lively Russian folk music to make your toes tingle and your heart soar. These encores always brought standing ovations.
A classical mandolin orchestra is a thing of beauty to the ears.
I don't know if there are any more such orchestras. Milwaukee used to have one, I believe.
Mandolins (at least the bluegrass kind, not sure about Russian) are great for playing violin/viola/cello because the positions are the same.
I have a friend who plays (or at least used to play) for the Denver Mandolin Society. Thanks for the ping.
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