BMC Presents: Béla Fleck's Blue Ridge Banjo Concert
Saturday, August 18, 2018 @ 7:30 p.m.
Hampton Inn - Brevard, Lead Sponsor (BMC Presents Series)
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Just in case you aren't familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he's the world’s premier banjo player. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the 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 Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings.
The 15-time GRAMMY Award winner has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in GRAMMY history, and remains a powerfully creative force globally in bluegrass, jazz, classical pop, rock and world beat.
Any world-class musician born with the names Béla (for Bartok), Anton (for Dvořák) and Leos (for Janacek) would seem destined to play classical music. Fleck made the classical connection with Perpetual Motion, his critically acclaimed recording that went on to win a pair of GRAMMYs. Collaborating with Fleck on Perpetual Motion was his long-time friend and colleague, bassist/composer Edgar Meyer. The two have also collaborated on The Melody of Rhythm, a triple concerto for banjo, bass and tabla, in collaboration with world-renowned tabla virtuoso, Zakir Hussain. In 2009, Béla produced the award-winning documentary and recordings, Throw Down Your Heart, where he journeyed across Africa to research the origins of the banjo. The impact of fatherhood sparked Juno Concerto, a piece for banjo and orchestra, named for his firstborn son. His first banjo concerto The Impostor has now been performed over 50 times worldwide, and his latest concerto was recently premiered with the Louisiana Philharmonic.
These days, Fleck bounces between various intriguing touring situations: he performs his concertos worldwide, collaborates in a duo with Chick Corea and a trio with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer. He performs in concert with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, in banjo duet with Abigail Washburn, banjo and mandolin duet with Chris Thile, and occasionally back to bluegrass with his old friends Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton and others. He collaborates with African artists such as Oumou Sangare and Toumani Diabate, in a jazz setting with The Marcus Roberts Trio, and with Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, who continue to perform together 25 years after the band’s inception.