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Lunedì 11 Novembre 2013 ore 21.00 Teatro Verdi Salerno


Teatro Pubblico Campano
Associazione Arci Mumble Rumble
direzione artistica Giuseppe Zinicola


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Chris Thile live concert


Widely regarded as one of the most interesting and inventive musicians and composers of his generation, Chris Thile has changed the mandolin forever. He excels not only in the instrument’s Baroque origins and its Bluegrass, Folk and Country stylings, but also uses his virtuosity to bring a new voice to Jazz, Contemporary Music and even Rock arrangements. Maybe it is because he jumps between and within so many genres that Thile is averse to the use of such labels: “It doesn’t matter if it is Bach, Bob Dylan, an old Appalachian fiddle tune or Radiohead; it is about the composition created with a similar quality and standard of skill. Dylan didn’t write ‘Folk’ and Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys did not write ‘Rock.’ I want to play ‘Good’ music.”

Over the course of his career, Thile has received every major mandolin-related award, starting with the National Mandolin Championship at age 12. He is a Grammy® Award winner, including the Best Contemporary Folk Album award for the This Side with Nickel Creek, the winner of the 2007 BBC Radio 2 Folk Award for Musician of the Year, and was recently named a 2012 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellow.

Punch Brothers, his current band, is an international sensation that continues to garner praise for their adventurous and complex, yet thoughtful and personal, performances. In addition to his own bands, Chris has also recorded and toured extensively with bassist Edgar Meyer and as a member of Yo-Yo Ma’s Goat Rodeo Sessions, all while working a myriad of side projects with the likes of Bela Fleck and Brad Mehldau, among others.


Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1

Thile’s latest album, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 (Nonesuch Records) comprises three 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, produced by Thile’s frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer. Thile explains his connection to the composer:

“Bach was my first meaningful experience with—for lack of a better word—classical music. It was the second recording of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gould plays with the kind of rhythmic integrity that I had previously only associated with non-classical music: music with a groove, with a pocket, that made you move. Gould was playing that music like my heroes play fiddle tunes. It humanized the whole thing for me and the heavens opened up and Bach came down. I started devouring all the Bach I could get my hands on.”

“This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin—like, ‘Oh boy, what fun, he’s playing a weird instrument!’ It’s about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light.”

Chris Thile, whom London’s Independent calls “*the most remarkable mandolinist in the world*,” is the founding member and lead vocalist of Punch Brothers. With broad influences including progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic.

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