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Chris Thile


Mandolinist, singer, composer, and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile was featured on two albums in 2014 that were nominated for a combined total of five Grammy Awards: his second duo album with Edgar Meyer, Bass & Mandolin, was nominated for two (and won Best Contemporary Instrumental Album) while A Dotted Line, his album with his Nickel Creek bandmates Sara and Sean Watkins, garnered three nominations.

Thile is the founding member of Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer recently called "the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen." Punch Brothers began 2015 with the release of their fourth album, Phosphorescent Blues, produced by T Bone Burnett. The group's previous three Nonesuch releases are Punch, Antifogmatic, and Who's Feeling Young Now?.

Besides the two duo albums with Meyer, Thile's other Nonesuch releases include a duet album of traditional bluegrass songs with guitarist Michael Daves, Sleep with One Eye Open, and the T Bone Burnett-produced soundtrack to the Coen brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis, on which he and Punch Brothers are featured prominently. Thile recently collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Meyer for the double Grammy Award-winning album The Goat Rodeo Sessions. As a soloist, he has released five albums-most recently the highly praised Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1-and performed as a duo with pianist and label-mate Brad Mehldau. He spent 15 years as a member of the Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling Nickel Creek, which reunited last year for A Dotted Line, its highest-charting album to date, and toured North America. Thile has also collaborated with many other fellow musical innovators including Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, and Dolly Parton.

Thile and Punch Brothers will be touring North America throughout the spring and summer of 2015.
American Strings: A Tradition of Innovation, with Chris Thile


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