“Chris Thile and Brad Mehldau come from different worlds but the same species. … At every turn, whatever the song, both musicians played with alert intelligence and deep sensitivity … an exhilarating rush.” —New York Times
Recently called “the most influential jazz pianist of the last 20 years” (New York Times), Brad Mehldau combines rigorous artistry, eclectic music tastes, and breathtaking improvisational capabilities. Known for his singular, intense live performances, Mehldau returns to the Walker for a two-day celebration that offers distinctly different sides of one of today’s most compelling music-makers.
The first evening features a US exclusive 2014 engagement of Mehldau’s duo collaboration with Chris Thile, star mandolinist and singer for the Punch Brothers and Nickel Creek. Thile is known as one of the most exciting forces working not only in progressive bluegrass but also across the broader folk-pop music realm.
The second evening showcases Mehldau’s highly intuitive trio (Larry Grenadier, bass; Jeff Ballard, drums), whose expansive output since the mid-1990s often juxtaposes stripped down, emotionally direct ballads with densely packed, abstract compositions.
Intuitive Expression: A Brad Mehldau Celebration
Brad Mehldau and Chris Thile
Tuesday, April 8, 8 pm
Brad Mehldau Trio
Wednesday, April 9, 8 pm