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Princeton University Concerts Presents Mandolinist Chris Thile and Bassist Edgar Meyer October 9

September 16, 2014


At Chris Thile's sold-out solo Princeton University Concerts show last season, he coined the term "stouring," telling the audience that Richardson Auditorium was so incredible that he would rather stay put and have all of his tour audiences come to him. Princeton University Concerts is pleased to welcome him back to Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30pm, this time with celebrated bassist Edgar Meyer.  These two MacArthur Geniuses will cross traditional boundaries in a program of largely original music featured on their new recording Bass & Mandolin, just released on Nonesuch Records.


Chris Thile and Edgar Meyer began playing together 15 years ago, and began performing live as a duo in 2003. Thile says, "We have grown a lot as a collaborative entity between our first recording and now, at least partially due to our work together on The Goat Rodeo Sessions collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma and Stuart Duncan. As collaborators, we've found a warmer voice to share." Meyer adds, "Chris is comfortable with all kinds of improvising, with lots of different musical feelings and rhythmic feelings. With him I can do anything I want. I can just be a bass player or I can play the melody. There are not many people with whom I have so much common ground. We can get to the bottom of things very quickly."

Throughout a lifetime of performing and composing, Edgar Meyer has turned the double bass into a modern virtuoso instrument that is equally at home in classical music and in the American vernacular. In 1994, Meyer became the first bassist to win the Avery Fisher Prize. He is also a recipient of the prestigious MacArthur Foundation "Genius" Award and four Grammy Awards. Meyer has found devoted audiences through a vast range of projects, from his own double bass concertos that he continues to perform regularly to recital collaborations with pianist Emanuel Ax and performance and recording projects with artists including violinists Joshua Bell and Mark O'Connor, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, banjo player Bela Fleck, tabla player Zakir Hussain, mandolin player Sam Bush, guitarist Jerry Douglas, and many others. The New Yorker calls him "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument."

MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is the founding member of The Punch Brothers, which a Boston Globe reviewer recently called "the tightest, most impressive live band I have ever seen." The group's three Nonesuch releases are Punch, Antifogmatic, and Who's Feeling Young Now? and a fourth is slated for an early 2015 release. Thile's other Nonesuch releases include a duet album of traditional bluegrass songs with guitarist Michael Daves, Sleep with One Eye Open, and a prominent role in the T Bone Burnett--produced soundtrack to the Coen brothers' film Inside Llewyn Davis. Thile recently collaborated with Yo-Yo Ma 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 extensively as a duo with fellow eminent mandolinist Mike Marshall. He spent 15 years as a member of the Grammy Award--winning, multi-platinum selling Nickel Creek, which reunited this year for its highest-charting album to date, A Dotted Line (Nonesuch), and has been touring North America this spring and summer. Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of bluegrass. 

Mr. Thile's debut performance on the PUC series last October, which featured his transcriptions of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for violin, was one of the highlights of the 2013-14 season.  In his review of the concert, Philadelphia Inquirer critic David Patrick Stearns noted:  " . . . what a pleasantly motley crowd it was . . . the concert had older classical types, young students, and earthier rootsy types in adjacent seats. We should all mingle like this more often."

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WHAT:  Chris Thile, Mandolin & Edgar Meyer, Bass

WHEN: Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7:30pm
WHERE:  Richardson Auditorium in Alexander Hall

TICKETS: $40 General; $10 Students.  Tickets are available online at, by phone at 609-258-9220, or in person two hours prior to concert at the Richardson Auditorium Box Office. 

PHOTOS: Please contact Catherine Ugolini at 609-258-6024 or or download at

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