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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

In Context: Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Duo

Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau collaborate at BAM on September 10 as part of Nonesuch Records at BAM. Context is everything, so get even closer to the show with this curated selection of articles, interviews, and videos related to the artists. After you've seen it, help us keep the conversation going by telling us what you thought below.

BAM Program Notes

Chris Thile & Brad Mehldau Duo (PDF)


The Nonesuch/BAM Connection (BAM)
BAM and Nonesuch go way back. Bob Hurwitz and David Bither of Nonesuch elaborate.

Brad Mehldau Interview with Jamie Cullum (BBC)
Mehldau talks about Oscar Peterson, recording on tape, moving to New York, and more.

Mehldau’s Writings (
The pianist dissects Beethoven, bemoans the difficulties of coming up with good titles, and more.

“Fast As You Can” (YouTube)
Fiona Apple’s song, redressed in Thile mandolin and Mehldau piano.

Mehldau Live in Vienna (YouTube)
Mehldau plays arrangements of “Bittersweet Symphony,” “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” and more.

PBS News Hour: Chris Thile (PBS)
A profile of the master mandolinist.

Genre-Hopping with Chris Thile (YouTube)
Forget concert-hall decorum, says Thile. Mahler’s 9th Symphony grooves. 

Now your turn...

So how did you enjoy the show? Likes? Dislikes? Suprises? Tell us what's on your mind in the comments below.


  1. Elegant, thoughtful, bam at its best

  2. Fabulous performance! Bravo to Mssrs Mehldau and Thile, Nonesuch and BAM. The music was a wonderful repertoire of old and new, blues, bluegrass and jazz, played and sung by enormous talents with full engagement of heart and soul.

  3. An absolutely spectacular performance! Deeply moving. We wanted to take it home with us. I'd love to see a whole series of "live at BAM" recordings. Come on nonsuch, what are you waiting for???

  4. Here's a link to the set list: