Acclaimed guitar virtuosos Lage and Eldridge mix jazz, bluegrass influences at Ark show
Just one listen proves that in this case the publicity hype is true. The guitar pairing of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge really is a “virtuoso duo that blows by the concept of genre.”
The two play at The Ark Sunday night.
Their collaborative is effort founded in the roots of acoustic music, exploring the worlds of improvisation and composition. With Lage’s background in modern jazz and new music, and Eldridge’s deep relationship with bluegrass as well as his membership in the acclaimed band Punch Brothers, this duo lives where bluegrass and jazz meet. And they perform everything on early 20th-century Martin guitars.
Eldrige’s father was a founding member of the seminal bluegrass group The Seldom Scene, in which Chris Eldridge also played prior to forming The Infamous Stringdusters. Lage’s 2009 debut CD, “Sounding Point,” was nominated for a Grammy Award.
Need more proof? Check out their amazing version of the traditional tune "Cattle in the Cane.”
Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge perform at The Ark, 316 S. Main St., at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18. Tickets are $20. Details at www.theark.org or 734-761-1451.