“Chris Eldridge and Julian Lage are, quite simply, two of the most important young guitarists performing today.” - Fretboard Journal
About Julian Lage & Chris Eldridge
The Guitar duo of Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge is a collaborative 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 work with the widely acclaimed Punch Brothers, this duo lives at the nexus of improvisation, spontaneous composition, and virtuosic refinement, all performed on their respective 1939 Martin guitars.
Hailed by All About Jazz as “a giant in the making,” Grammy-nominated virtuoso guitarist Julian Lage grew up in California and was the subject of an Academy Award-nominated documentary, Jules at Eight. He gained pivotal early exposure as a protégé of legendary vibraphonist Gary Burton, recording and touring with Burton on two projects: Generations (2004) and Next Generation (2005). Other recent high-profile sideman appearances include Lucky To Be Me and Let It Come To You by longtime friend and close collaborator, pianist Taylor Eigsti. Having reunited with Gary Burton for live engagements beginning in 2010, Julian can also be heard as a member of the New Gary Burton Quartet on Common Ground (featuring Scott Colley and Antonio Sanchez).
As a member of The Punch Brothers since the band’s inception, guitarist Chris Eldridge has been at the vanguard of acoustic music for much of the past decade. Initially drawn to the electric guitar, by his mid-teens Chris had developed a deep love for acoustic music, thanks in part to his father, a banjo player and founding member of the seminal bluegrass group The Seldom Scene. After graduating from Oberlin Conservatory in 2004 he joined the Seldom Scene, with whom he received a Grammy nomination in 2007. In 2005 he founded the critically acclaimed bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters, who went on to win Emerging artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for their debut album, Fork in the Road. In 2005 he caught the attention of mandolinist Chris Thile, who enlisted him, along with banjoist Noam Pikelny, violinist Gabe Witcher, and bassist Greg Garrison to start an ambitious new project, the Punch Brothers. The band has since released 3 critically acclaimed albums, received 2 Grammy nominations and toured around the world.
Chris Eldridge has worked with a diverse cast of musical luminaries including Jon Brion, Fiona Apple, Paul Simon, John Paul Jones, Marcus Mumford, Justin Timberlake, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Jerry Douglas, Sara Watkins, Del McCoury and others.
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“sure to bring joy to the hearts of jazz and Americana fans everywhere.” – Paste