“The highlight would surely have to be their arrangement of Claude Debussy’s Passepied.” – Sydney Morning Herald

In this video: Brooklyn based Bluegrass collective The Punch Brothers perform an evocative full-band arrangement of ‘Passepied’ from Claude Debussy’s Suite Bergamasque in their sold-out concert in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall from August 2016.

Artists: Chris Thile (mandolin), Chris Eldridge (guitar), Paul Kowert (bass), Noam Pikelny (banjo) and Gabe Witcher (violin).

About The Punch Brothers: The Punch Brothers (named after the Mark Twain short story Punch, Brothers, Punch!) formed in 2006. The bluegrass quintet’s virtuosity transforms an amalgam of musical styles into a genre all unto itself – swinging from an evocative full-band arrangement of Claude Debussy into tunes reminiscent of old America in the Appalachians all with a healthy dose of bluegrass joy with ease. After working with T-Bone Burnett on the soundtrack for the Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis (2013), The Punch Brothers recorded their 4th album The Phosphorescent Blues which was released in 2015.

Learning Keywords: Banjo, mandolin, guitar, bass, violin, classical arrangements, Claude Debussy, classical interpretations, Bluegrass, live performance.

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  1. Graham Sullivan

    A fascinating opportunity to gain insight into genres, groups and performers one might never normally encounter. This will definitely help to broaden one’s musical palette. A wonderful initiative!

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