Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Thursday, April 9, 2015
About the Event
Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Fleck is known for his viruosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity and as an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots. Washburn, on the other hand, brings the earthly sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter to the mix. Theirs is a one-of-a-kind pairing. Their performances embrace a diversity almost unthinkable—coming from just two banjos and one voice. Washburn’s beguiling composing, playing and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique and yet familiar in texture. Fleck, a 15-time Grammy winner, has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Dave Mathews, Earl Scruggs, and the entire Cleveland Orchestra. Washburn’s banjo has taken her far beyond the usual comfort zone, musically and geographically. An alumnus of Uncle Earl, the powerhouse all-female stringband, Abby’s adopted second homeland is China, and her music resounds with echoes of Appalachia and the tidal wave of emerging Chinese cultural influence. Together, Fleck and Washburn employ the relatively rare three-finger and clawhammer banjo duet to create an explosion of musical white heat!
Energetic and loud; come prepared to move or tap your feet.
Rows A-F – $60
Rows G-N – $55
Rows O-GG – $35
Rows A-F – $60
Rows G-GG – $23
Mountainlair and Creative Arts Center Box Offices (10 a.m. - 6 p.m.)
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