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      March 25, 2014

      Tuesday   8:00 PM

      114 E Kirkwood Avenue Bloomington IN 47408
      Bloomington, Indiana

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      Punch Brothers

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      Punch Brothers are the New York City-based quintet of mandolinist Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjoist Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. Their most recent album, Who’s Feeling Young Now?, released in 2012, is said to contain some of the most direct, sonically daring performances the group has ever recorded. Vanity Fair hailed the album as "their most expressive work yet as an ensemble -- sophisticated, pop-y, kinetic and profound, all at once." The New Yorker called it "a mystical alchemy of old-time music and contemporary sensibilities" As the five members, ranging in age from their mid-20's to mid-30's, have matured together on the road and in the studio, their approach to writing and performing has, conversely, become looser, simpler, and, in a sense, more unaffectedly youthful. In fact, the title song, "Who’s Feeling Young Now?," featuring rumbling bass, skittering violin, and wailing multi-tracked vocals, sounds like hard-charging string-band punk rock.

      The group, as virtuosic as it is freewheeling, evolved out of a 2007 collaboration on Thile's string-band suite, The Blind Leaving the Blind, which premiered at Carnegie Hall in a series curated by composer John Adams. Its debut disc for Nonesuch Records, Punch, was released in 2008, followed by the Jon Brion-produced Antifogmatic (2010). The five members each have impressive resumes and are regularly sought-after as guest stars and session players.

      Punch Brothers are featured on the soundtrack to the forthcoming Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, and have been featured on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games. As guitarist Eldridge notes, “Every little side project we’ve done has helped us come back to Punch Brothers with new ideas and new energy and a new sense of confidence, a righteous need to create stuff.”

      The evening will include a special appearance by singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan, who recently released her first solo album, Fossils. Aoife (pronounced “ee-fuh”) started her professional career as the lead singer and principal songwriter/song-finder of Crooked Still. The versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names in music and led to collaborations with everyone from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas, along with a role as vocalist on the Grammy-winning Goat Rodeo Sessions alongside Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Stuart Duncan.

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