The best music you’ve (maybe) never heard #2

Support your local mandolin genius: Chris Thile

Now I know what you’re thinking: Mandolin GENIUS? C’mon, that’s really reaching. Piano genius, certainly. Guitar virtuoso, perhaps, but the lowly mandolin? Nah.

Well the folks at the MacArthur genius board of standards do not agree, and this year they awarded one of the much coveted, extremely elusive “genius grants” to Chris Thile, grown-up musical prodigy and collaborator to such middling talents as Yo Yo Ma, Béla Fleck and Dolly Parton.  He plays classical music and bluegrass, and every genre in between with amazing skill. Still not convinced? Have a look at this, then.

Though not musical myself, I have it on good authority that what you just witnessed is completely freakin’ impossible, but there he is, sitting around the apartment in his yellow socks, picking a Bach prelude on his mandolin!

For those of you looking for more accessible musical offerings, give Maestro Thile’s bluegrass and acoustic music a try, under the band names Nickel Creek or the Punch Brothers. I’m also partial to the Goat Rodeo recordings, from which I’ll share the following, my favorite song from the record. And yes, that IS Yo Yo Ma playing the cello.

Want more obscure music recommendations? Try this.

About WSW

Writer, wife, mother. Toiler in the bottomless, black, soul-sucking coal mine of domestic life. Thank God for the portable bar.

Posted on October 25, 2012, in Music and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. My hand cramped up watching the first video. I thought surely a human hand cannot move that fast. But then I looked at him and realized that he is surely Robert Pattinson’s brother and therefore one of those sparkly vampires, which, as everyone knows, can do amazing things like play the midget guitar freakishly fast. I’m pretty sure that I saw Kristen Stewart standing behind Yo Yo Ma in the second video. And everyone sparkled…or maybe I just thought they did because the music was so beautiful. Whatever.

  2. OMG, OMG! Now you have me jumping up and down like a giddy Homer Simpson. Goat Rodeo is one of my favorite CDs of all time. And Chris has a great singing voice, too. Also have his Nickel Creek “This Side”. It’s weird we both know something this obscure…could it be…NAHHH….

  3. i’m going to buy these for my library.. as in public library. Awesome!! Thanks! I love this

  4. Tried the first “unknown” and probably will check out this one. You haven’t dissappointed yet.

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