Punch Brothers

Progressive Bluegrass - Singer-songwriter

This quintet from New York consists of mandolin player Chris Thile, guitarist Chris Eldridge, bassist Paul Kowert, banjo player Noam Pikelny and violinist Gabe Witcher. None other than the well-known pop and jazz producer Jacquire King, who has worked with The Beastie Boys as well as Medeski, Martin & Wood, was producer on their latest album, Who's Feeling YoungNow? In the past this vanguard group has worked with composer John Adams and Jon Brion, producer of The Roots. The Punch Brothers' music is hard to put into words, but can best be described as progressive bluegrass. Sometimes, however, it can even sound like heavy garage rock, or even folk; other times it's more like avant-garde jazz. It's with good reason the group was asked to write a track for the acclaimed motion picture The Hunger Games. The Punch Brothers might well be one of the biggest surprises of the North Sea Jazz Festival 2012.