Student Work: 'Chris Thile Concert Preview'
Posted October 18, 2013; 12:00 p.m.
At 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile will make his Princeton University Concerts debut playing works by Bach and others. This preview features Princeton sophomore Noah Fishman talking about Thile, one of Fishman's heroes. Read more.
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NOAH FISHMAN: This is a mandolin.
It's very small, half the size of a guitar.
and you play it with a pick.
And, I love it.
It has a lot of attitude, but it's also very
sweet, and it can be gentle, it can be forcefulâ€”it's
a lot of things in a small package.
Chris Thile is one of the most inspiring musical
figures for me right now because he's involved
in so many different musical styles and makes them all
his own. For example, if you look at his touring
schedule, he's playing with jazz pianist Brad
Mehldau, he's playing bluegrass with Michael
Daves, he's touring with the Punch Brothers,
he's touring with Yo-Yo Ma and the Goat Rodeo
Sessions, playing classical music, bluegrass,
jazz. And each time he plays, it's so him.
It's exciting that Chris is coming to Princeton
because he's so passionate about music, and
people at Princeton are so passionate about
everything they doâ€”in music, in the arts,
in the sciences, in math, in literature. So,
someone like Chris who's breaking boundaries
in the way that he's breaking them...you know,
it's just a really inspiring thing.