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.
As the five members, ranging in age from their mid-20s to mid-30s, 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.
Their music features rumbling bass, skittering violin, and wailing multi-tracked vocals that sounds like hard-charging string-band punk rock.
The group, as virtuosic as it is freewheeling, evolved out of a 2007 collaboration on Thiles string-band suite, The Blind Leading the Blind, which premiered at Carnegie Hall in a series curated by composer John Adams. Punch Brothers are currently featured on the soundtrack to The Hunger Games and the Chieftains 50th anniversary disc, Voice Of Ages.
Tom Brosseau, an American musical storyteller and guitarist from North Dakota, joins the Punch Brothers for this concert.