Brad Mehldau, Photo: Michael Wilson
Der ELBSALON hat eine neue Gastautorin. Irene aus New York schickt uns einen Tipp direkt aus dem Big Apple.
In September this year the Brooklyn Academy of Music, arguably New York’s most exciting cultural venue, hosted a 50th anniversary celebration of Nonesuch Records.
Unexpected collaborations of musicians from different worlds have long been one of the hallmarks of the President of this excellent American record label, Bob Hurwitz. “A perfect situation happen when an artist plays music the listener loves and it is like nothing else,” says Mr. Hurwitz.
That was my experience when I heard renowned pianist Brad Mehldau play with mandolinist Chris Thile. It was riveting! A rare once-in-a lifetime experience.
Mr. Mehldau is a pianist who feels equally at home with symphonic orchestras as he does with his jazz colleagues. He moves seamlessly from one genre into the next, and he is revered among students at Juilliard as he is in jazz clubs. Mr. Thile is a progressive-bluegrass virtuoso mandolist. He is also the singer for the Punch Brothers. As a duo they make you come alive like nothing else. The kinetic Mr. Thile intermittently charms the audience with commentary and hops about the stage in an ecstatic kind of dance; Mr. Mehldau is the cerebral counterpart.
Whatever you think you are doing on November 5, make sure you are not missing this extraordinary musical event!