MATT FLINNER TRIO
on Tell Us A Tale
Sunday, April 15, 2012
12 pm (edt)
Compass Records act the Matt Flinner Trio will stop by during the first hour of Tell Us A Tale this Sunday. The trio has three concerts in the area, including one out in Palmyra later that same afternoon.
Since its inception in 2002, the Matt Flinner Trio has been forging new pathways for the standard bluegrass trio. Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles—all with the common ground of American roots as well as originality. Bluegrass, jazz and Celtic music are all present here, but not necessarily overtly or in a contrived sense. Call it Americana Music, or New Acoustic, or Chamber Grass, or just call it Great Music; whatever label you put on it, it is guaranteed to be fresh and original, and definitely something you’ve never quite heard before. The trio began doing “Music du Jour” tours in 2006, in which each member of the group writes a new composition the day of the show, and all three new pieces are performed on that evening’s concert. After several of these tours the trio recorded its first CD, “Music du Jour,” on Compass Records in 2009. They have now performed over 75 “du Jour” shows and continue to explore new frontiers and new sounds in acoustic string band music. Their second CD, “Winter Harvest,” was released on Compass Records on January 31st, 2012.
- “Flinner continues his reign as perhaps the most exciting and creative mandolin player on the scene today.”—Jazz Times
- “One of the best mandolin players ever…”—Downbeat
- “(Flinner) blurs the lines between jazz and bluegrass, traditional and avant-garde.”—Associated Press
- “Flinner provides the next logical evolutionary step to David Grisman’s unique ‘Dawg’ style, and does it with a nod to the past and a vision of the future.”—Bluegrass Now
- “Matt Flinner can play the mandolin as fast as anyone, but is also one of those rare virtuosos who knows that sometimes it’s the notes you don’t play that makes the melody great.”—Associated Press
- “Flinner….represents the next generation of new acoustic music.”—Acoustic Guitar Magazine
- “‘The View from Here’…a phenomenal record from an amazing talent which, as far as I’m concerned, has elevated the standard by which all future instrumental recordings must be judged.”—Dave Higgs, WPLN-FM