Bluegrass? Chamber music? Jazz? Dont shackle acoustic bassist Edgar Meyer and mandolin player Chris Thile with mere terminology. Both are wizards on their chosen instruments, but they focus more on stylistic range than non-stop technical display. Former Nickel Creek member Thile, now a New Yorker, indulges his reels-to-Radiohead tastes with his new band Punch Brothers, while Meyer is a true Nashville treasure, as much at home hunched over his bass at the Station Inn as performing with the Nashville Symphony. (Nor is he simply a local herohe has redefined the bass as a solo instrument through his performances of classical repertoire and his diverse collaborations with Béla Fleck, Mark OConnor, Joshua Bell, Yo-Yo Ma and many others.) Meyer and Thile have played together since 2003 and are touring in support of their new self-titled Nonesuch CD. Tickets are $20-65.
Tue., Oct. 21, 7 p.m., 2008