An Evening with Noam Pikelny and Stuart Duncan

05
Oct

WHERE: The Altamont Theatre
WHEN: Sunday October 5 @ 7pm
WHAT: acoustic / bluegrass
COVER: $30 adv. / $35 d.o.s.
AGES: All Ages

Get Tickets:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/774499

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Check out a Tour teaser here: http://youtu.be/IiNjQOQSUsU

Listen to Noam and Stuart play together -
“Manchicken” - http://youtu.be/L-6Jgii-sTw
“Wheel Hoss” - http://youtu.be/aLHXqt24kDQ

Noam Pikelny:

WEBSITE: http://noampikelny.com/

HEAR: http://noampikelny.com/music

SEE: http://youtu.be/8RnuLPWIXHk

Check out Noam’s funny video with Steve Martin and Ed Helms:  http://youtu.be/2rWzVhDQquI

Noam Pikelny has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation” and The New Yorker describes as “wide- ranging and restlessly imaginative.” In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. In 2012, Noam’s second album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Pikelny has shared the stage with The Decemberists, Marcus Mumford, Béla Fleck, Dave Douglas, Steve Martin, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra. Noam continues to broaden the awareness of the banjo in the mainstream through his work with Punch Brothers, collaborating with Wilco, Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, & Jon Brion for the soundtrack to This is 40, a feature song on The Hunger Games soundtrack, and a collaboration with Marcus Mumford for the Coen Brothers’ film, Inside Llewyn Davis.

His newest release, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, is the first complete banjo adaptation of Kenny Baker’s 1976 seminal recording of Bill Monroe instrumentals that is poised to take the bluegrass world by storm. The concept for the album first grew out of the word-play on the original album title, but the more Pikelny explored the idea, the more he realized that it was both musically exciting and challenging. Pikelny delved into the intricacies of Kenny Baker’s fiddle playing and emerged with note for note versions of Baker’s fiddle arrangements for banjo. Joining Pikelny on this tour de force project are the finest instrumentalists in bluegrass: Stuart Duncan (fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Ronnie McCoury (mandolin), and Mike Bub (bass). Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe shows Pikelny at a new pinnacle of maturation as a banjo player and musician, redefining the role of the banjo in his own way with an unprecedented approach to melodic playing and therefore setting a new standard in bluegrass for years to come.

Stuart Duncan:

WEBSITE: www.stuart-duncan.com

SEE: http://youtu.be/I5GzReIA8dA

The dictionary defines apotheosis as: model of excellence or perfection of a kind; one having no equal, an exalted or glorified example.

Well, the very least one could say about Stuart Duncan is that he is the apotheosis of fiddling; the greatest, most creative bluegrass fiddle player ever. But honestly, the truth is more than that…. he is one of the finest, most fully realized violin players in any idiom. Stuart is able to improvise perfect and utterly new ideas that are exactly what the musical moment requires, and he is able to do this at the frighteningly fast tempos required in today’s contemporary bluegrass, with perfect tone and intonation. This combination of perfection and inspiration has not gone unnoticed, and so Stuart has performed on thousands of recording sessions, featuring all of Nashville finest players and singers. His discography is approaching the size of a metropolitan telephone directory, and his recording career demonstrates his ability to shift easily from the most ancient sounding Appalachian tune, to some deeply jazz and funk-inflected contemporary melody. Stuart’s fiddle playing is deeply rooted in the tradition of such masters as Benny Martin and Byron Berline, but is itself something completely and thrillingly new. In addition to his extensive recording and performing career as a fiddler, Stuart also sings , writes songs, and plays mandolin, guitar, and banjo.

Stuart is a four-time Grammy Award winner, a 6 time Academy of Country Music award winner for “Fiddle Player of the Year”, and a winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s “Fiddle Player of the Year” award for 7 consecutive years.