BRAD MEHLDAU, PIANO CHRIS THILE, MANDOLIN

April 12, 2013
8:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center
3800 University Boulevard (Route 193) and Stadium Drive
College Park, MD

Pianist Brad Mehldau is first and foremost an improviser who cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music.

Chris Thile is best known as the mandolinist and a singer for the progressive alt-bluegrass trio Nickel Creek, and for his work with Punch Brothers, but he has also collaborated with artists like Béla Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Aoife O’Donovan, Edgar Meyer and Yo-Yo Ma.

Together, these two artists take music in unexpected directions. John Fordham of The Guardian (UK) remarked of one of their recent performances, “… their musicality and sympathy for each other’s emerging ideas made [this concert] an unexpected tour de force.”