Kazuhito Yamashita

Mandolin Virtuoso Chris Thile Plays Bach

Jun 2, 2016

Mandolin player, singer, songwriter Chris Thile is best-known as a founding member of the progressive acoustic trio Nickel Creek and for the quintet, Punch Brothers, where he gets to amply demonstrate his dazzling virtuosity.

Classical guitarist David Russell on stage at Teatro Principal in Mao, Menorca
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I bet some of us, if we think of Brazil these days, are thinking either of escaping to the warmer weather or the coming Summer Olympics.  

But think, Brazil and Bach.  Between 1930 and 1945, Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos wrote nine suites he collectively called Bachianas Brasilieras, marrying the spirit of Brazilian folk and popular music with the harmonic and contrapuntal complexity of the European Baroque, particularly as exemplified by Johan Sebastian Bach.

"Memories of the Alhambra" with Guitarist Jason Vieaux

Jan 7, 2016

Spanish composer-guitarist Francisco Tarrega's masterful Recuerdos de la Alhambra (Memories of the Alhambra), written in 1896, evokes an even earlier bygone Romantic era of Spain.

J.S. Bach on the Mandolin with Avi Avital

Oct 1, 2015
Avi Avital
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Avi Avital is a man on a mission with a mandolin.  He's performed at Carnegie Hall in New York and the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, with stops along the way including the Berlin Philharmonie.  This young man from Israel is redefining the boundaries of the instrument to include Bach, Mozart and more.