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LBMF Opening Night: “An Evening with Chris Thile”
Friday, April 1, 2022 8:00PM
Laguna Playhouse 606 Laguna Canyon Road Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Béla BARTÓK: Sonata for Solo Violin, Sz. 117 (movement IV, Presto)
Hazel DICKENS: “Won’t You Come and Sing for Me”
BACH: Partita No. 3 in E major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006
More to be announced.
The Laguna Beach Music Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2022, featuring four-time Grammy-winning mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Chris Thile as artistic director. A “genre-defying musical genius” (NPR), Chris Thile proves that music has no limits as he continuously crosses from classical to rock to jazz and bluegrass, creating a distinctly American canon and unique musical experience for audiences around the globe.
MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award-winning mandolinist, singer, songwriter Chris Thile, who TheGuardian 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. For four years, Thile hosted public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). 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” (TheNew York Times).
Most recently, Chris recorded Laysongs, out June 4, 2021 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’ centerpiece 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 Béla 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 modeled after the Prelude from J.S. Bach’s Partita for Solo Violin in E Major.
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