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    Chris Thile announced on Live From Here that he would be playing with Sufjan Stevens on the Oscars tonight. Just a heads up. Bringing more recognition to our 8 string addiction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    Chris Thile announced on Live From Here that he would be playing with Sufjan Stevens on the Oscars tonight. Just a heads up. Bringing more recognition to our 8 string addiction.
    well ... short but sweet.
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    Sorry to have created a duplicative thread.

    In case mine gets deleted, here's what I asked:

    I just saw Chris Thile accompanying Sufjan Stevens on the Oscars telecast.

    Has the mandolin made any other memorable Oscars appearances?

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    "Captain Corelli's Mandolin" was notable for involving a mandolin and getting nowhere near the Oscars ...
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    What was that funny little guitar Ryan Seacrest was playing on that song at the Oscars?

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    Chris was just a member of the band in the shadows.
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    Sorry I just could not bring myself to watch the Oskars. I would have liked to have seen Chris play, but it just was not worth all the rest I would have had to endure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Don Grieser View Post
    Chris was just a member of the band in the shadows.
    I know, right? What he was playing sounded great but he got like 30 seconds of fame that no one in the audience appreciated who he is or what he was doing. Not sure why he took the gig, but it probably paid well so all good.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck3 View Post
    I know, right? What he was playing sounded great but he got like 30 seconds of fame that no one in the audience appreciated who he is or what he was doing. Not sure why he took the gig, but it probably paid well so all good.
    Maybe he thought it would be fun? Apparently he played on the studio version of the track (uncredited) so I imagine he's friends with Sufjan and was offered first refusal to play the piece live.

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    IMHO - It was simply an 'experience' for Chris. If you get the chance,why not,i would,but i wasn't asked !,
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgap View Post
    Sorry I just could not bring myself to watch the Oskars. I would have liked to have seen Chris play, but it just was not worth all the rest I would have had to endure.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeZito View Post
    +1

    In the seemingly unlikely event that award shows go back to being about art and entertainment, and not social commentary, I will avoid them like the plague.
    Awards shows have always included a bit of both.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chrisoff View Post
    Awards shows have always included a bit of both.
    http://variety.com/2018/vintage/news...el-1202711409/
    The contrast being that what was once frowned upon by the Academy is now embraced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLATROCK HILL View Post
    The contrast being that what was once frowned upon by the Academy is now embraced.
    Exactly, remember Marlon Brando refusing his Oscar on behalf of ...................

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    What were those guys wearing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLATROCK HILL View Post
    The contrast being that what was once frowned upon by the Academy is now embraced.
    Well in terms of MeToo/Times Up it's an issue which directly involves the Academy members so if they didn't embrace it they would look even more out of touch and behind the times than usual.

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    I was in the middle of working through a collection of Hamblen fiddle tunes someone gave me, and I got a phone call inviting me to watch the Oscars. "There's that guy, that mandolin player you talk about, you know, Claire Coffee's husband, he'll be on."

    I was in the middle of messing around with a tune called Queen of France, and I still had two ginger snaps on the plate. It just seemed to me that working through the tunebook would be more fun, and in the long run more valuable.

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    The girlfriend had me watching and I was unaware that Chris would be playing. I recognized him immediately and then the big question popped in my head...what mandolin was he playing as I noticed he was plugged in (looked like he was running through a Baggs Para DI and floor tuner). After giving the camera man/producers some direction to let me see a closer shot of the mandolin (glad they heard me...) Iím pretty sure it was one of his Loars, anyone know what pickup he uses?

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    I just hope he received the Oscar gift bag. I hear there was an assortment of Blue Chip picks included.
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    Yeah, we were watching (well, mostly fast-forwarding...) and that Sufjan song started with very prominent mandolin. I was wondering who they got, as they sounded great, and laughed when they finally cut to a camera that showed Thile in the shadows in the back. The Eric Clapton/Jeff Beck/Jimi Hendrix of the mandolin doesn't even rate a fleeting close-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuck3 View Post
    I know, right? What he was playing sounded great but he got like 30 seconds of fame that no one in the audience appreciated who he is or what he was doing. Not sure why he took the gig, but it probably paid well so all good.
    As others said, he played on the original recording of the song.

    The primary reason, though, is I'm sure Chris Thile - like many musicians - would do pretty much anything Sufjan Stevens asked them to do. Imo, Stevens is one of the best and most significant of all contemporary musicians. And I'm pretty sure Thile would agree with that statement.

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    Btw, Chris wasn't the only promiment musician on stage with Sufjan. St. Vincent and Moses Sumney were also part of the band.

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    Oh, were the Oscars on last night?
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    I also noticed St. Vincent but did not recognize the others. At least you could hear Chris, St Vincent was inaudible to me. Sufjan Stevens somehow go by me in my musical world, but on a whim, I did go see his MKE show from the last tour, and he put on a big league show. Their Oscar performance was notable due to the lack of production, which is refreshing, but it was hardly memorable.

    I see few movies, so the Oscars are an indulgence to see who's famous these days. It reaffirmed how out of the 'movie' loop I am, as I constantly said "who is that???"
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