Chris Thile, of the Punch Brothers, is a mandolin virtuoso,
composer and vocalist. With his broad outlook that
encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz,
Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed
genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical
aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.
Recently awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, in February 2013,
Thile also won a Grammy for his work on The Goat Rodeo
Sessions, collaborating with Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart
Duncan. Punch Brothers, described by The Times of London
as “brilliant, audacious, original and, above all, entertaining,”
released its latest album, Who’s Feeling Young Now?, in 2012
on Nonesuch Records. In August 2013, Thile released Bach
Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1, also on Nonesuch Records. On this
new program, he draws from his new Bach recording, while
also exploring his own compositions and contemporary music.