Precise intonation, fine bowing, and timing will accomplish only so much; past that, some measure of imagination and feeling is necessary to make the notes cohere. The musician has to find a path through the lines, the way an actor has to find a path through, say, Shakespeare. As in Shakespeare, the notes need to appear to be occurring as they arrive, as remarks rather than statements from a text.
So many potential shows to see this fall (or hear if for $30 ‘obstructed view’).
Chris Thile - Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 II. Fuga Allegro
Fiona Apple - Fast As You Can
…and yes that is Chris Thile on mandolin. So much awesome on one stage.
Any time Yo-Yo Ma gets together with some musical friends to try something out, it pays off and magic happens.
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground - Chris Thile (White Stripes cover)
Another awesome one…I’ll have to dig up Heart in a Cage too.
Chris Thile plays Bach in Gm for the encore at the Orange Peel in Asheville on 2/20/11
He’ll be playing with Brad Mehldau at The Berklee Performance Center on Sunday, April 14th. I have to go to that show.
Watching this Chris Thile & Michael Daves concert makes me want to be in Nashville…in my south west facing apartment….roasting in the late afternoon sun.. :-)