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Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau
Media Release 25 September 2014

Grammy award-winning musician Chris Thile and acclaimed jazz pianist Brad Mehldau in a spectacular joint concert at National Concert Hall

The National Concert Hall plays host to two of the most thrilling American musicians of their generation; Chris Thile of Punch Brothers in a new duo with the acclaimed pianist Brad Mehldau on Sunday 9th November at 8pm as part of the Perspectives 2014 series.

Both artists are inspired by a wide range of composers and songwriters, from Bach to Radiohead and now these kindred spirits combine their dazzling imaginations in an evening of classical transcriptions, pop covers, and original songs.

Chris 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 wildly popular band Nickel Creek, with whom he released three albums, sold two million records and was awarded a Grammy in 2002.

Chris has appeared, with Punch Brothers on the biggest talk shows in America including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and in 2010, the band performed Rye Whiskey on the Late Show with David Letterman with Steve Martin guesting on banjo.

In 2012 Chris was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation genius grant. The foundation said of him -"Through his adventurous, multifaceted artistry as both a composer and performer with various ensembles, Thile is creating a distinctly American canon for the mandolin and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.”

Brad Mehldau is one of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano and has forged a unique path, which embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. From critical acclaim as a bandleader and solo artist to major international exposure in collaborations with Pat Metheny, Renee Fleming and Joshua Redman, Mehldau continues to garner numerous awards and admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike.
His forays into melding musical idioms, in both trio (with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums) and solo settings, has seen brilliant re-workings of songs by contemporary songwriters like The Beatles, Cole Porter, Radiohead and Paul Simon alongside the ever evolving breadth of his own significant catalogue of original compositions.

With his affection for popular music and classical training, Mehldau has become “universally admired as one of the most adventurous pianists to arrive on the jazz scene in years”. (Los Angeles Times)

Perspectives 2014 is a new year-long series that will offer audiences a calendar year of concerts that will get them thinking, open their minds, stretch the imagination and bring new perspective to the musical world!

Perspectives 2014 - Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau/ Sunday 9th November, 8.00pm
Prices: €40, €35, €30
20% discount for Friends of the National Concert Hall
10% discount for Groups of 10 or more
NCH Box Office Tel: 01 417 00 00 or www.nch.ie

For further information please contact: Ruth Moloney, Marketing Executive, National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2. Tel: 01 417 0084 / 087 278 6382