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| With its scintillating contemporary qualities, the Nashville
Mandolin Ensemble has been hailed for revitalizing and reshaping
a type of ensemble music that enjoyed nationwide
popularity at the turn of the 20th century. Through its array
of mandolins, mandola, mandocello, violin, guitar and bass,
NME commands expressive string colors of kaleidoscopic range
Founded in 1991 by Butch Baldassari of the Blair School of Music, NME performs period arrangements for mandolin orchestra along with animated transcriptions of classical, jazz and pop music, along with new music from contemporary composers.
NME has performed at numerous venues and festivals throughout the country including the Over The Rhine in Cincinnati, Atlanta's Taste of the South and Sewanee Music Festival in Tennessee. Television performances include TNN's Country News, CBS Sunday Morning and the PBS production Tennessee Crossroads.
The group's most recent recording is the critically acclaimed
Bluegrass (SoundArt) released in October 2003.
"NME is a fabulous listening experience."
"In this unplugged era, NME fits right in."
"NME offers a unique ensemble sound in string music today."
The players are now:
Matt Flinner ...First Mando