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KUNC and Z2 Entertainment are proud to present Aoife O'Donovan & Noam Pikelny at the Fox Theatre on Monday, November 3rd, 2014. Tickets are on sale tomorrow, Friday, August 15th at noon for $17.50 in advance or $20.00 day of show.
The new band from Aoife O'Donovan and Noam Pikelny is a collaboration stemming from a musical friendship many years in the making. Arguably two of the most celebrated musicians of their generation within the roots music field, O'Donovan (Crooked Still) and Pikelny (Punch Brothers) have been crossing paths at venues and festivals for the last decade. In 2012, Noam Pikelny released Beat the Devil & Carry A Rail, which featured O'Donovan as a guest vocalist and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Pikelny then enlisted O'Donovan to be the lead vocalist on the album release tour. "I found myself in a pretty unique situation- I was out on the road, promoting a mostly instrumental album, but somehow was lucky enough to have my favorite singer in the world, Aoife O'Donovan, in the band. We started arranging some of Aoife's original songs and some of our favorite old bluegrass tunes to help round out the set. It was such a joy, that we both came to the realization that one day we'd have to revisit playing together with that being the central focus." Says O'Donovan, "Noam's ability as a musician goes far beyond his virtuosity as a banjoist. He's a truly keen listener and an unbelievable arranger. As a singer, there's nobody else I'd rather have backing me up." Rounding out the ensemble are bassist Barry Bales (Alison Krauss & Union Station) and fiddler Shad Cobb (John Cowan Band). "Aoife and I wanted bandmates who would be equally adept at playing our new original music as they'd be at classic repertoire. I can't think of any two musicians as versatile Barry and Shad who have such a profound understanding of the roots of this music," Pikelny says. The quartet will hit the road in the autumn of 2014, playing a mixture of vocal and instrumental music, ripe with intricate three-part harmony, and grounded firmly in tradition.
NOAM PIKELNY has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the "pros' top banjo picker," Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls "a virtuosic revelation" and The New Yorker describes as "wide- ranging and restlessly imaginative." In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. In 2012, Noam's second album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail, received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Pikelny has shared the stage with The Decemberists, Marcus Mumford, Béla Fleck, Dave Douglas, Steve Martin, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra. Noam continues to broaden the awareness of the banjo in the mainstream through his work with Punch Brothers, collaborating with Wilco, Fiona Apple, Norah Jones, & Jon Brion for the soundtrack to This is 40, a feature song on The Hunger Games soundtrack, and a collaboration with Marcus Mumford for the latest Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis.