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Father and son share their music throughout the world, and make a stop in ABQ

Tim Thompson, left, and Myles Thompson are a father-and-son duo playing as part of the Southwest Pickers series.

Tim Thompson, left, and Myles Thompson are a father-and-son duo playing as part of the Southwest Pickers series.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some musicians get a head start on a career. Violinist Myles Thompson is one of those who did.

He began learning the violin at age 5 using the Suzuki Method and stayed with it for three years. Myles then turned his attention to video games, but returned to the violin when he was 12.

“When he came back, he didn’t miss a lick. The technique he learned (with Suzuki) stuck with him,” his father, award-winning guitarist Tim Thompson, said in a phone interview.

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Thompson taught his son music theory. When Myles was 13 he joined his father in a duo. Now seven years later, they’re still touring together from their base in Nashville, Tenn.

The Thompsons play what the singer-songwriter father described as Americana music.

“We’re pretty eclectic in what we do,” Tim Thompson said. “It’s a mix of Celtic, folk and a little bit of jazz mixed in.”

Their latest CD, “21st Century Man,” has three instrumentals that show the duo’s widening interest.

Two of three are from Brazil – “Manha de Carnival” from the soundtrack of the 1959 film “Black Orpheus,” and “Tico Tico (no Fubá),” a song that Carmen Miranda popularized.

The third instrumental on the album is a classical piece – W.A. Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca from Piano Sonata No. 11.

The other seven cuts are songs that Tim Thompson either wrote or co-wrote.

The CD’s title cut is a satirical take on how today’s technology has made humans more distant, he said.

“I wrote it in the Killeen, Texas, airport. I was waiting six hours for the next flight out. In the waiting area, everybody was looking at their cellphones or iPads. No one was talking to each other,” Thompson recalled.

The Thompsons will be in concert Saturday, Oct. 4 at Covenant Presbyterian Church. They perform between 120 and 150 concerts a year, mostly in the United States.

The duo also has given performances in England and did a video/music project in Romania.

“It’s great that we get along,” Myles Thompson said.


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