Chris Thile

Chris Thile, widely regarded as one of the most interesting and inventive musicians of his generation, 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 for a combined two million records sold, was awarded a Grammy in 2002, and traveled the world on sold-out concert tours. As a soloist he has released four albums, on which he conquered a dizzying range of instruments, songwriting challenges and musical styles. Thile has also performed and recorded extensively as a duo with double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer (with whom he released a dually eponymous album on Nonesuch and toured the world in the fall of 2008) and with fellow eminent mandolinist Mike Marshall.

In April 2007, Meyer and pianist Emanuel Ax commissioned Thile to write a piece for double bass and piano, which they performed on a tour including the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. In September 2009, Thile gave the world premiere of his first Mandolin Concerto, Chris Thile gave the world premiere of his Mandolin Concerto, Ad astra per alia porci, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and conductor Jeffrey Kahane at Denver's Boettcher Concert Hall; the Denver Post, called it "nothing short of astounding." Additionally, Thile has collaborated with a pantheon of bluegrass innovators including Béla Fleck, Dolly Parton, the Dixie Chicks, Jerry Douglas, and Sam Bush.

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The Auld TriangleInside Llewyn Davis (Original Soundtrack Recording)2:42
Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: I. VivaceBach Trios4:54
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530: III. AllegroBach Trios2:58
Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: III. AllegroBach Trios3:15
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Fugue No. 20 in A Minor, BWV 889Bach Trios1:33
Sonata for Viola da Gamba No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 1029: II. AdagioBach Trios4:18
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: Prelude No. 19 in A Major, BWV 864Bach Trios1:36
Art of the Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus XIII a 3, "Inversus"Bach Trios2:21
Kommst du nun, Jesu, vom Himmel herunter, BWV 650Bach Trios2:54
Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: VI. PassepiedBach Trios2:04
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