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Saratoga Arts Presents


Guitarists Julian Lage and Chris Eldridge on Screen and Live in Concert at Saratoga Arts Center

Join us as we gear up for the Julian Lage / Chris Eldridge Duo, performing at Saratoga Arts! Saratoga Arts and Saratoga Film Forum are teaming up to screen two films featuring the musicians -

Jules at Eight (24 minutes)
How to Grow a Band (89 minutes)
Saturday, April 19, 7:30pm
The Arts Center
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs



Julian Lage was the subject of Jules At Eight, a short documentary film by Mark Becker that introduces the guitar prodigy as he negotiates his way between his second-grade playground and his studies and gigs with San Francisco's jazz and blues musicians. Throughout the film, the strikingly poise young musician challenges the viewer to reconcile his childhood innocence with his aptitude for the blues.

During a 2005 hiatus from his platinum-selling, Grammy Award-winning group Nickel Creek, mandolinist Chris Thile enlisted Chris Eldrdige into the genre-defying band Punch Brothers. How to Grow a Band docuements Punch Brothers' formation and first tour.

And then:

The Julian Lage / Chris Eldridge Duo
Tuesday, April 22, 7:30pm
The Arts Center
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs                                    

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here.    

"Fabulous fretboard fireworks" from two genre-bending acoustic guitarists

With Julian Lage’s background in modern jazz and new music, and Chris Eldridge’s deep relationship with bluegrass as well as his being a member of the widely acclaimed band, Punch Brothers, this duo lives at the nexus of improvisation, spontaneous composition, and virtuosic refinement, all performed on their respective 1939 Martin guitars.

A child prodigy, Julian Lage was the subject of the 1997 Academy Award-nominated documentary Jules at Eight. At age 13 Lage performed at the 2000 Grammy Awards, and he has been a faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop since he was 15. Both Lage's debut album Sounding Point (2010) and its follow-up Gladwell (2011) have been very well received; in fact, Sounding Point was nominated for the 2010 Grammy Award Best Contemporary Jazz Album. Lage has played with such renowned artists at Jim Hall, Mark O'Connor, Ambrose Akinmusire, Dayna Stephens, Gary Burton, Bela Fleck, and Nels Cline.
As a member of Punch Brothers since the band's inception, guitarist Chris Eldridge has been at the vanguard of acoustic music for much of the past decade. After graduating from the Oberlin Conservatory he joined his father in the seminal bluegrass group the Seldom Scene with whom he received a Grammy nomination in 2007. In 2005 he founded the critically acclaimed bluegrass band The Infamous Stringdusters, which, at the 2007 International Bluegrass Music Association awards won Emerging artist of the Year, Song of the Year, and Album of the Year for their debut album, Fork in the Road. Meanwhile, in 2005 he had caught the attention of mandolinist Chris Thile, who enlisted him into Punch Brothers which has since released 3 critically acclaimed albums, received 2 Grammy nominations and toured around the world.

On this tour, Lage and Eldridge have been playing halls at least twice as large as the theater at The Arts Center; their appearance in Saratoga Springs offers a rare and intimate opportunity.

Tuesday, April 22
The Arts Center
320 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 

Tickets are $20 and can be purchased by clicking here.    

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