October 03, 2012

Chris Thile Receives MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant"

Chris Thile

Chris Thile

ASCAP would like to congratulate mandolinist and composer Chris Thile, who is among the recipients of this year's MacArthur Foundation "genius grants."

From the MacArthur Foundation: "With a broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock and jazz, Thile is transcending the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres in compositions for his own ensembles and frequent cross-genre collaborations. Although rooted in the rhythmic structure of bluegrass, his early pieces for his long-time trio, Nickel Creek, have the improvisatory feel of jazz; his current ensemble, Punch Brothers, evokes the ethos of classical chamber music even while adhering to the traditional instrumentation of the bluegrass quintet. […] Through his adventurous, multifaceted artistry as both a composer and performer with various ensembles, Thile is creating a distinctly American canon for the mandolin and a new musical aesthetic for performers and audiences alike."

The MacArthur Fellows Program awards unrestricted fellowships to talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction. Winners have no idea they've been nominated for the $500,000 award until they get the call, and nominators must remain anonymous.

For more information on Chris and the MacArthur Foundation, please visit http://www.macfound.org/fellows/class/2012. Chris and fellow Punch Brothers are currently on tour and will be in The New Yorker Festival this Friday at The Gramercy Theatre:http://nyr.kr/S53r15.