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Serious Presents Chris Thile

+ Sam Amidon

Saturday 12 November 2022, 7.30pm

RNCM Theatre

Chris Thile 4 - credit Josh Goleman_website

On Sale at 10AM on Friday 4 March 

MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile, who the Guardian calls ‘that rare being: an all-round musician who can settle into any style, from bluegrass to classical’ and NPR calls a ‘genre-defying musical genius’, is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. With his broad outlook, Thile creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike, giving the listener ‘one joyous arc, with the linear melody and vertical harmony blurring into a single web of gossamer beauty’ (New York Times).

Most recently, Chris recorded  Laysongs, out on Nonesuch. The album is his first truly solo album: just Thile, his voice, and his mandolin, on new recordings of six original songs and three covers, all of which contextualize and banter with his ideas about spirituality.

Recorded in a converted upstate New York church during the pandemic,  Laysongs’ centrepiece is the three-part “Salt (in the Wounds) of the Earth,” which was inspired by C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters. The album also features a song Thile wrote about Dionysus; a performance of the fourth movement of Bela Bartók’s Sonata for Solo Violin; “God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot” based on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s adaptation of a Leonard Cohen poem; a cover of bluegrass legend Hazel Dickens’ “Won’t You Come and Sing for Me,” and “Ecclesiastes 2:24,” original instrumental loosely modelled after the Prelude from J.S. Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin in E major.

Sam Amidon, another great Nonesuch singer-songwriter, opens on all dates following the success of his albums The Following Mountain and Sam Amidon that brought the fresh energy and layered textures of folk to life

Sam has developed his own strong style as a singer and multi-instrumentalist through reworkings of traditional songs, original material, and collaborations with jazz mavericks such as Bill Frisell.

Photo Credit: Josh Goleman 


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Saturday 12 November 2022, 7.30pm - Tickets £25