Just in case you are not familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he is the premier banjo player in the world. Others claim that he has virtually reinvented the image and sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Fleck, you know that he just loves to play the banjo and put it into unique settings.
Fleck was born in New York City and was named after composer Béla Bartok. At around age fifteen, Fleck became fascinated with the banjo after hearing Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’s “Ballad of Jed Clampett” and Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell’s “Dueling Banjos.” His grandfather soon gave him one and, while attending the High School of Music and Art in New York, Fleck worked on adapting bebop music for the banjo.
In 2009, Throw Down Your Heart, Tales from the Acoustic Planet, Vol. 3: Africa Sessions—both a film and recording—was released to widespread critical acclaim and commercial success. Fleck reunited the original Flecktones for the spring 2011 release of Rocket Science and toured with the band as well as his trio with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer.
Wednesday, May 15 | 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 15 | 9:00 p.m.