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Josh Pinkham Trio Added to Performing Arts Series

April 13, 2018

Bluegrass artists to heat up Robison Hall April 13

Middlebury, VT— Playing a repertoire from bluegrass to jazz, the Josh Pinkham Trio-subbing in for the previously publicized Jeremy Kittel Trio-will present an enlivened Middlebury debut performance featuring mandolinist Josh Pinkham, Ethan Jodziewicz on bass, and guitarist Jason Borisoff. The artists' musical alchemy will make for a golden evening on Friday, April 13 as part of the college's Performing Arts Series.

Adding to the fun of the evening, concert-goers will be treated to a special opening act by Middlebury College's own Aidan O'Brien, class of '20. O'Brien has sung and played guitar from a young age after being inspired at Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, NY. He performs solo and collaborates regularly with musicians in Middlebury and at home in western Massachusetts. No stranger to guest artists on the Performing Arts Series, O'Brien has taken master classes with folk musician Jenny Scheinman and the Danish String Quartet's Rune Tonsgaard Sørensen.

The Josh Pinkham Trio is filling in the concert date for the originally scheduled Jeremy Kittel Trio. Performing Arts Series Director Allison Coyne Carroll explains, "We are so grateful to Josh for coordinating this impromptu trio performance with such talented colleagues. We send our best wishes to Jeremy Kittel–who is recovering from a broken arm–and hope to present him next season."

About the Artists

Josh Pinkham has been named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine and dubbed “one of the most important young improvisers on the acoustic scene today,” by mandolin legend David Grisman. Pinkham has established himself as a consummate performer, composer, and recording artist, and continues to push the mandolin into new and old territory, excelling in Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jazz, and Classical music.

Bassist Ethan Jodziewicz is known for his zeal, musical omnivorousness, and technical ability, which allow him to not only thrive in bluegrass, jazz, funk, symphonic, and chamber music, but also to push the boundaries of bass playing beyond its traditional roles. An in-demand ensemble player, Jodziewicz spends much of his time traveling the world, playing on the stages of Carnegie Hall, the Grand Ole Opry, A Prairie Home Companion, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and hundreds of others.

Guitarist Jason Borisoff hit the New York City bluegrass scene with 2013 FreshGrass Award winners Cricket Tell the Weather and soon after founded the Brooklyn Bluegrass Collective, which brings together the city’s best and brightest bluegrass musicians. He currently performs in the Abby Hollander Band and Dougmore and has worked as a producer and engineer for such projects as Marshall on Monk, Dead Sea Sisters, and The Tumble. 


Performance Details

The Josh Pinkham Trio will perform on Friday, April 13, 2018 at 8:00 P.M. on the Middlebury Performing Arts Series, at the Kevin P. Mahaney ’84 Center for the Arts’ Robison Hall. The Mahaney Center is located at 72 Porter Field Road in Middlebury, just off Route 30 south, on the campus of Middlebury College. Free parking is available curbside on Route 30 or in the Center for the Arts parking lot, in rows marked faculty/staff/visitors. Tickets* are $22 for adults; $16 for Middlebury College faculty, staff, emeriti, and alumni; $10 for youth 18 and under (new youth ticket price); and $6 for Middlebury College students, and are on sale at 802-443-MIDD (6433) or

*Tickets purchased for the Jeremy Kittel Trio/Kittel & Co. concert originally scheduled for this date/time will be honored.



Image captions:

(top and bottom left) Mandolinist Josh Pinkham leads an exceptional band with musical roots at the Mahaney Center for the Arts April 13.

(middle right) Guitarist Aidan O'Brien, Middlebury College class of 2020, opens for the Josh Pinkham Trio at the Mahaney Center for the Arts April 13. 

Mahaney Arts Center
Middlebury College
South Main St./Route 30 South
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Middlebury, VT 05753
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