Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – 5.14.16 – 7:30

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – 5.14.16 – 7:30

Saturday, May 14 at 7:30 p.m. – Hering Auditorium

Sure, in the abstract, a banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles are Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck—she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter, he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots— it’s a different matter entirely.

Fleck, a fifteen-time Grammy winner, has devoted time away from his standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing a concerto for the Nashville Symphony to exploring the banjo’s African roots to jazz duos with Chick Corea, while Washburn has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums, done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force and become quite a live draw in her own right, the two of them decided they were ready to craft their debut album as a duo, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn.

There’s no denying that theirs is a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities.

We’ve seen Bela Fleck here with the Flecktones and with Jazz Master Chick Corea. This performance with his wife Abigail Washburn will be yet another facet of this talented, creative genius. All I can add is don’t wait to get your ticket. This will sell out.   -FCA

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May 2, 2015