For Immediate Release: September 28, 2006
Hilary Hahn and Chris Thile to perform an exclusive performance at the Housing Works Bookstore to celebrate dual album releases. Proceeds to the fight against AIDS and homelessness.
New York City, NY - On October 10th, the worlds of classical music and bluegrass collide for one amazing night of music. Fellow musicians and friends Hilary Hahn and Chris Thile will join forces at The Housing Works Bookstore for an exclusive performance.
At the age of 26, Grammy® Award-winning violinist Hilary Hahn is one of the most compelling artists on the international concert circuit and an ambassador of classical music to new audiences. Renowned for her intellectual and emotional maturity, she was named "America's Best" young classical musician by Time Magazine in 2001, and appears on a regular basis with the world's great orchestras in Europe, Asia, and North America.
Acclaimed as one of the most inventive musicians of his (or any other) generation, 25-year-old mandolin phenom Chris Thile has released three best-selling albums with Nickel Creek and four solo albums. Since winning the national mandolin championships and forming Nickel Creek before he was a teenager, he has changed the mandolin forever, elevating it from its origins as a relatively simple folk and bluegrass instrument to the sophistication and brilliance of the finest jazz improvisers and classical performers.
Both Hahn and Thile have long explored music outside of their initial realms: Hahn has played on albums by alt-rockers ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead and folk singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau, and Thile has
collaborated in a wide range of styles with many
musicians including bassist Edgar Meyer, fellow
mandolinist Mike Marshall, and in an out-and-out rock
sensibility on his last solo album Deceiver, with himself.
For one night only, these two extraordinary musicians will unite to celebrate their new album releases.
Hahn’s new album once again shows her brilliant talent as one of the world’s most sought-after classical musicians in new recordings of Niccolo Paganini’s Concerto No. 1 and Louis Spohr’s Concerto No. 8 on Deutsche Grammophon on October 10th. She has the superior technique needed to tackle even the most difficult figures and to make this music shine. Her performances of the Paganini Concerto have been hailed by critics: “Hilary Hahn, this queen of Apollonian clarity and compelling concentration . . . In her playing the wondrously singing lyrical passages were a response to the flawless ecstasy of supreme violinistic artistry” (Süddeutsche Zeitung).
Thile’s new album, How to Grow a Woman from the Ground, with a newly formed band, is a stunningly original and brilliantly executed suite that pushes the boundaries of bluegrass while remaining, at its center, firmly rooted within them. And though the instrumental abilities of the band are virtually without limit, the heart of the album is its songs. Whether written by Thile himself or drawn from such varied sources as Gillian Welch, the White Stripes, Jimmie Rodgers and the Strokes, each is at once a self-contained performance and a part of a subtle, overarching story of heartbreaking loss and the hope of renewal.
Though the musical paths of these two artists appear to be vastly different, their passion and dedication to their craft, along with their musical adventurousness, have made them similarly respected and sought-after in all corners of the musical world. By choosing a venue such as Housing Works and performing together, Hahn and Thile have the rare opportunity to play for completely new audiences. With both artists releasing albums this Fall, this concert is a unique celebration of their hard work and exceptional music-making.
Housing Works Bookstore Café is an independent cultural center that offers patrons a unique opportunity to join the fight against AIDS and homelessness. Arts-based philanthropy in practice, they allow visitors to make a difference simply by buying or donating books, eating at the café, volunteering, or coming to concerts, readings, and special events.
Housing Works is located at 126 Crosby Street. Doors open at 7pm. Tickets are available on the Housing Works website for $15. http://www.housingworks.org/usedbookcafe/index.html
For further information please contact:
IMG Artists – New York
Official Website: http://www.housingworks.org/usedbookcafe/index.html
Added by vichysoisse911 on October 3, 2006