"The Reunion Blues Continental banjo gig bag is the most versatile case I've ever owned. Amazingly, it fits in the overhead compartment of many regional jets. The backpack straps are more comfortable than anything else I've encountered- this is really handy at festivals and in airports. There's nothing I'd change about this case but must admit I do look forward to the helium option which will hopefully combine the best in banjo case and hot air balloon technology.”
NOAM PIKELNY has emerged as the preeminent banjoist among a new generation of acoustic musicians. Hailed by the Chicago Tribune as the “pros’ top banjo picker,” Noam is a founding member of Punch Brothers, a string ensemble which The Boston Globe calls “a virtuosic revelation.” In September of 2010, Pikelny was awarded the first annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. In 2012, Noam’s second album, Beat The Devil and Carry A Rail received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album. Pikelny has shared the stage with The Decemberists, Marcus Mumford, Béla Fleck, Dave Douglas,Steve Martin, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and members of the Lincoln Center Chamber Orchestra.
His newest release, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, is the first complete banjo adaptation of Kenny Baker’s 1976 seminal recording of Bill Monroe instrumentals, which received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Bluegrass Album in 2015. The concept for the album first grew out of the word-play on the original album title, but the more Pikelny explored the idea, the more he realized that it was both musically exciting and challenging. The album shows Pikelny at a new pinnacle of maturation as a banjo player and musician, redefining the role of the banjo in his own way with an unprecedented approach to melodic playing and therefore setting a new standard in bluegrass for years to come.
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