#3675: New Music for Banjo and Mandolin

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Generally associated with traditional American string band and bluegrass music, the banjo and mandolin can actually be very versatile and progressive. We'll hear tracks from the Punch Brothers' brand new Phosphorescent Blues album, where they take on 2 classical works by Claude Debussy and Alexander Scriabin and also feature their own original songs. Tony Trischka digs into the African roots of the banjo and Israeli mandolinist Avi Avital takes on a traditional Bulgarian tune. Husband and wife banjo duo Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn play the old folk tune "Pretty Polly."

Jake Schepps does something unusual by commissioning classical music composers for his traditional bluegrass ensemble. We'll feature works for this group written by Marc Mellits and Matt McBane. Also crossing to the dark side from the classical world is cellist Yo-Yo Ma in a bluegrass band with mandolinist Chris Thile (also featured with the Punch Brothers in this episode), fiddler Stuart Duncan, and bassist Edgar Meyer with The Goat Rodeo Sessions.

PROGRAM #3675 New music for Banjo and Mandolin (First aired on 12/18/2014)  

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Punch Brothers

Phosphorescent Blues

Passepied (Debussy) [3:30]; My Oh My [4:19]

Nonesuch Records
Not available for purchase yet. Pre-order at punchbrothers.com

Tony Trischka

World Turning

Alfa Ya Ya [3:04]

Rounder Select
Amazon

Avi Avital

Between Worlds

Bucimis [3:00]

Deutsche Grammaphon
Amazon

Ellipsis

Ellipsis

Lebadang [6:44]

Flying Fish 339

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

Pretty Polly [3:43]

Rounder Records
Amazon

Punch Brothers

Phosphorescent Blues

Familiarity [10:22]

Nonesuch Records
Not available for purchase yet. Pre-order at punchbrothers.com

Jake Schepps Quintet

Entwined

Matt McBane: Drawn I: Flourish [4:38]

Not available for purchase yet. Pre-order now at jakeschepps.bandcamp.com

Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer

The Goat Rodeo Sessions

Less is Moi, excerpt [7:27]

Sony Masterworks
Amazon

Jake Schepps Quintet

Entwined

Marc Mellits: Flatiron: I. Tension Hoop [3:09]

Not available for purchase yet. Pre-order now at jakeschepps.bandcamp.com