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Live From Here Hosted by Chris Thile
 with Punch Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and duet partner Aoife
 Live broadcast

Live From Here Hosted by Chris Thile
with Punch Brothers, Lake Street Dive, and duet partner Aoife O'Donovan
Live broadcast


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American Public Media's popular Live From Here returns to Tanglewood, with its new host Chris Thile. He will be joined by an incredible array of special musical guests-some known to all, and some who soon will be!-for a unique blend of comedy and spoken word. A vocalist and mandolin virtuoso, Chris will perform his Song of the Week, written especially by Thile for the evening's program.

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Chris Thile, host
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Mandolinist Chris Thile is among the most highly acclaimed musicians of his generation.

It started when he was a toddler in Oceanside, California. His folks took him along for weekly visits to a pizza parlor in nearby Carlsbad, where he heard John Moore's band Bluegrass Etc., and where he would soon befriend siblings Sara and Sean Watkins, his future Nickel Creek bandmates.

The mandolin captivated the youngster. He started lessons with Moore, who wasted no time in getting the five-year-old on stage. "I was too young to be nervous." Chris recalls. I thought, 'Oh, this is what you get to do when you're five.'" Before long, the Thiles were driving bluegrass festival to bluegrass festival in the family camper. Chris was a soaking up music, jamming with other players, and winning championships.

By age eight, Chris had launched Nickel Creek with Sara and Sean Watkins. The genre-bending trio would go on to sell millions of albums and garner a boatload of honors, including a Grammy and a couple of IBMA Awards. In 2007, Nickel Creek called an "indefinite hiatus," although they reunited in 2014 and released A Dotted Line (Nonesuch Records).

Chris made his first Prairie Home Companion appearance  in 1996. That broadcast showcased remarkable young artists. Chris, then 15, clearly fit the bill. Since that early APHC booking, Chris, recipient of a 2012 MacArthur "genius" grant, has certainly made his mark - and not only in bluegrass music. His mandolin concerto, Ad astra per alas porci, had its official premiere in 2009, with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra. He has collaborated with a who's who of musicians. His album Bass & Mandolin (Nonesuch) with Edgar Meyer won a Grammy, as did The Goat Rodeo Sessions (Sony Masterworks), when he joined forces with Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and Yo-Yo Ma. And his Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 - music originally composed for violin - was released by Nonesuch Records in 2013.

In 2006, Chris formed Punch Brothers, with Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo), and Gabe Witcher (fiddle). The group's recordings include Grammy-nominated The Phosphorescent Blues and a new five-track EP, The Wireless.

Beginning in fall of 2016, Chris takes over at the helm of  A Prairie Home Companion, a public radio favorite since 1974. Garrison Keillor, the show's creator and host announced: "He is, I think, the great bluegrass performer of our time and he is a beautiful jazz player. There just isn't anything he can't do - and he is very enthusiastic about live radio."

"I grew up with the show, says Chris. "I take this opportunity, this job, immensely seriously and with great awe."
Chris Thile is married to actress Claire Coffee. The two, along with their young son, Calvin, make their home in Brooklyn, New York.

Chris Thile, host Punch Brothers
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The five virtuosic musicians who make up Punch Brothers have been pushing boundaries as performers, recording artists, composers, interpreters, technicians, and stylists since they first came together in 2006. Suffice it to say,Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo), Chris Thile (mandolin), and Gabe Witcher(fiddle) have stirred things up with their extraordinary sound. Their recordings include The Phosphorescent Bluesand five-track EP The Wireless, both on the Nonesuch label.

Chris Eldridge
Maybe it's the gene pool: Chris Eldridge's father was a founding member of the Seldom Scene, a group that guitarist Chris would join after earning a degree in music performance from Oberlin. He went on to start a bluegrass band, the Infamous Stringdusters, and later to critical acclaim with Punch Brothers. Mount Royal is his 2017 Grammy-nominated duo album with guitarist Julian Lage.

Paul Kowert
Paul Kowert started on violin at age three, but by fourth grade he'd taken up bass, and he later graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music. The Nashville-based musician is a member of Punch Brothers and has toured with Mike Marshall's Big Trio and Dave Rawlings Machine. Hawktail, his American roots quartet, includes mandolinist Dominick Leslie, fiddler Brittany Haas, and guitarist Jordan Tice. Their new album is titled Unless. 

Noam Pikelny
Actor/musician Steve Martin has called banjo ace Noam Pikelny "a player of unlimited range and astonishing precision." Indeed he is - be it clawhammer, three-finger, or more progressive styles. With groups like Leftover Salmon, the John Cowan Band, and Punch Brothers, Noam has built a large following among music lovers everywhere. His 2017 solo CD, Universal Favorite (Rounder), was nominated for a Grammy Award(Best Bluegrass Album).

Gabe Witcher
Violinist Gabe Witcher  was barely school age when Bill Monroe invited him on stage to play a duet at a festival workshop. Gabe has been wowing crowds ever since, whether with the Witcher Brothers, the Laurel Canyon Ramblers, or Punch Brothers. In addition, Gabe is a sought-after producer, arranger, and session player, working with artists from Paul Simon and Elton John to Rosanne Cash and Willie Nelson.

Punch Brothers
Lake Street Dive
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Lake Street Dive formed in 2004 when Rachael Price (vocals), Mike "McDuck" Olson (guitar, trumpet), Mike Calabrese (drums), and Bridget Kearney (bass) were students at the New England Conservatory of Music. They proceeded to build a following through independent album releases, countless club tours, and a few lucky breaks. In 2013, producer T Bone Burnett invited them to join a star-studded lineup at a New York City concert where they practically stole the show-and wound up with a deal from Nonesuch Records. The band's label debut, Side Pony, was greeted with raves. Their latest album - on which they're joined by ace keyboardist Akie Bermiss  - is Free Yourself Up.

Lake Street Dive Aoife O'Donovan
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With her ethereal voice and substantive songwriting, Aoife O'Donovan captivates fans and critics alike. She was lead singer of the string band Crooked Still and a featured vocalist on The Goat Rodeo Sessions, the Grammy-winning album by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer, and Chris Thile. Her own recordings include Man In A Neon Coat: Live From CambridgeSee You Around is the first full-length recording from I'm With Her, Aoife's trio with Sarah Jarosz and Sara Watkins.

Aoife O'Donovan