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Mike Marshall and Edgar Meyer perform in Beaver Creek Saturday

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Edgar Meyer and Mike Marshall have been performing together for 20 years. They bring their classical string sounds to the Vilar on March 7.
Patrick Ryan | Special to the Weekly |

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Who: Mike Marshall and Edgar Meyer.

Where: Vilar Performing Arts Center, Beaver Creek.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

Cost: $38.

More information: Visit http://www.vilarpac.org.

BEAVER CREEK — The Vilar Performing Arts Center invites bluegrass, jazz, country and all music enthusiasts to see Mike Marshall and Edgar Meyer on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Marshall and Meyer have played together for 20 years. Marshall and Meyer present a repertoire that spans the globe, from Bach duets and Brazilian choros to funky original pieces and their own fiddle tunes.

Ever-growing and experimenting, this duo has been pushing the boundaries of their musical collaborations for over two decades now. When you see Marshall (a master of mandolin) and Meyer (a bass virtuoso) play, you recognize you are witnessing genius. They weave a variety of genres into their music — classical, bluegrass, jazz and country — resulting in their very own unique creations.

Marshall is one of the world’s most accomplished and versatile string instrumentalists today. A master on mandolin, guitar, mandocello and violin, he has created adventurous instrumental music for over 35 years.

Whether playing bluegrass with Marshall, Bela Fleck or Chris Thile, Brazilian choro music with Hamilton de Holanda or Baroque classical with German mandolinist Caterina Lichenberg, Meyer swings gracefully between all of these musical styles with a unique blend of virtuosity, depth and musical integrity that is rare in today’s musical world.

Marshall is currently presiding over the School of Mandolin through the Artistworks company, where he teaches hundreds of players from around the world using the new Video Exchange Learning system. His most recent CD, “Big Trio” features two young lions of instrumental music, Alex Hargreaves (violinist for Sarah Jaroz) and Paul Kowert (bassist for The Punch Brothers).

In demand as both a performer and a composer, Meyer has a role in the music world unlike any other. His unparalleled technique and musicianship in combination with his gift for composition have brought him acclaim.

As a solo classical bassist, Meyer has performed and recorded with world’s top musicians and symphonies. Collaborations are a central part of his work, including a duo with Chris Thile and a widely acclaimed trio with Yo-Yo Ma and Mark O’Connor.

Meyer began studying bass at the age of 5 under the instruction of his father. In 1994, he received the Avery Fisher Career Grant and in 2000 became the only bassist to receive the Avery Fisher Prize. Currently, he is visiting professor of double bass at the Royal Academy of Music and at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Marshall’s association with Meyer led to two CDs for the Sony Classical label, one with long-time friend Bela Fleck, the other with violinist Joshua Bell and mandolinist Sam Bush. Each were nominated for a Grammy Award.

Tickets are $38. Call 970-845-8497 or visit http://www.vilarpac.org.


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