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The 65th Street Session: Chris Thile, Brad Mehldau, and Tune-Yards

Oct 11

Series curator and NY Phil Creative Partner Chris Thile has created an evening of musical synergy celebrating the spirit of homecoming. He reunites with Grammy-winning jazz pianist Brad Mehldau and Tune-Yards, described by The Guardian as “agit-pop punk sweetened with deep groove.” Explore the very notion of collaboration on this free-flowing musical journey.

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DATE / TIME

Tue

7:30 PM

11

Oct

2022

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Location

Wu Tsai Theater, David Geffen Hall

Artists

  • Chris Thile

    Curator / Performer

    MacArthur Fellow and Grammy Award–winning mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Chris Thile is a founding member of the critically acclaimed bands Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. For four years he hosted the public radio favorite Live from Here with Chris Thile (formerly known as A Prairie Home Companion). With his broad outlook, he creates a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike.


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  • Brad Mehldau

    Piano

    One of the most lyrical and intimate voices of contemporary jazz piano, Brad Mehldau has forged a unique path that embodies the essence of jazz exploration, classical romanticism, and pop allure. From critical acclaim as a bandleader to major international exposure in collaborations with Pat Metheny, Renée Fleming, and Joshua Redman, Mehldau continues to garner numerous awards and admiration from both jazz purists and music enthusiasts alike. His forays into melding musical idioms, in both trio (with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jeff Ballard on drums) and solo settings, have yielded brilliant reworkings of songs by contemporary artists like The Beatles, Cole Porter, Radiohead, Paul Simon, George Gershwin, and Nick Drake, which go alongside the ever-evolving breadth of his own significant catalog of original compositions. With his self-proclaimed affection for popular music and classical training, Mehldau is one of the most influential pianists of our generation. Mehldau’s musical personality forms a dichotomy. He is first and foremost an improviser, and greatly cherishes the surprise and wonder that can occur from a spontaneous musical idea that is expressed directly, in real time. But he also has a deep fascination for the formal architecture of music that informs everything he plays. In his most inspired playing, the actual structure of his musical thought serves as an expressive device. As he plays, he listens to how ideas unwind, and the order in which they reveal themselves. Each tune has a strongly felt narrative arc, whether it expresses itself in a beginning, an end, or something left intentionally open-ended. The two sides of Mehldau’s personality — the improviser and the formalist — play off each other, and the effect is often something like controlled chaos. 


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  • Tune-Yards

    Band

    After a period of feeling creatively lost, it was reconnecting with the blissful, bodily enjoyment of music that pulled Merrill Garbus back into the recording studio. After releasing the fourth Tune-Yards album, I can feel you creep into my private life, in 2018, she had felt sure that the time had come for Tune-Yards to retire. From 2009 to 2018, Tune-Yards (Merrill Garbus and her partner and collaborator, Nate Brenner) had released four critically-acclaimed albums on 4AD, travelled the world relentlessly to play live shows, and composed the psychedelic score to Boots Riley’s surrealist cinematic masterpiece Sorry To Bother You. Then, facing a time of deep personal creative and political reckoning filled with self-inspection and reflection, the duo spent 2019 recording and sampling themselves without the time pressure of being in a professional studio. From this reignited spark came the songs that make up Tune-Yards’s fifth studio album, sketchy. The process of making the record was loose, gradual, and fluid. Hamir Atwal, who had toured on I can feel you…, tracked drums, friends played horn and synth parts, and family got involved — Nate’s father added keys, and Ruth Garbus’s voice provides the last punctuation mark of the album. Eli Crews, who engineered 2011’s w h o k i l l and much of 2014’s Nikki Nack, mixed the album. The bubbling rhythms and synth stabs of sketchy. make it a colorful, joyous record, but its lyrics cut to the bone. Re-engaging with their love of music-making helped Tune-Yards grapple with the question of how to transform themselves. By making an album that blazes and bursts with pleasure, they call others in, and ask them to do the same.


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Special Thanks

Lead support for The 65th Street Session is provided by Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW @ Annenberg.

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