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Béla Fleck Unveils Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra with Nashville Symphony

Béla Fleck will present the world premiere of his Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra — one of the first ever written for the instrument — with the Nashville Symphony on September 22-24 at Schermerhorn Symphony Center. To be performed by Fleck on his vintage 1937 mahogany Gibson Mastertone banjo, the Concerto marks a significant new departure for Fleck, who calls the piece "a liberating experience for my efforts as a composer and hopefully for the banjo as well." Commissioned by the Nashville Symphony, Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra will be the centerpiece of the orchestra’s opening concerts in the 2011/12 SunTrust Classical Series.

Given the names Béla (for Bartók), Anton (for Webern) and Leoš (for Janáčék), Fleck seems to have been destined to play classical music. Having launched a prolific and wildly successful career as a genre-melding instrumentalist, first with the New Grass Revival and later with the Flecktones, he made the classical connection with his 2001 solo album Perpetual Motion. Released on Sony Classical, the recording went on to win a pair of GRAMMYs®, including Best Classical Crossover Album. Fleck has won a total of 14 GRAMMYs®, and, with 30 nominations, he has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in GRAMMY® history.

Fleck dedicates his new Concerto to pioneering banjoist Earl Scruggs, who first inspired him to take up the instrument. The composer says that the piece reflects the dual influences of classical music and bluegrass. “You can hear an evolution in my own writing of the piece as it goes on,” he observes, noting that he wanted to “explore the new possibilities of the banjo as a member or the orchestra, while respecting its roots in bluegrass and jazz.”

Concerto for Banjo and Orchestra is perfectly matched at the Nashville Symphony concerts with Aaron Copland’s famous Appalachian Spring, which celebrates the American spirit with music of breathtaking beauty and directness. Concluding the performance is Tchaikovsky’s larger-than-life Fourth Symphony, the Russian composer’s favorite piece, which sweeps the audience with an emotional palette that ranges from melancholy to exuberance. The Thursday, September 22, performance will be webcast live via the Nashville Symphony’s website.

For more information about the concert or to purchase tickets, please call 615.687.6400 or visit NashvilleSymphony.org.
The GRAMMY® Award-winning Nashville Symphony has earned an international reputation for its recordings and innovative programming. With 140 performances annually, the 84-member orchestra offers a broad range of classical, pops and jazz, children’s concerts and community engagement programs. As a national and international ambassador for Tennessee, the Nashville Symphony has received far-reaching acclaim for its 19 recordings on Naxos, making the ensemble one of the most active recording orchestras in the country. These recordings have received a total of 13 GRAMMY® nominations and six GRAMMY® Awards. On May 12, 2012, the Nashville Symphony will perform at Carnegie Hall as part of the Spring for Music festival, which recognizes orchestras for adventuresome, original programming.

Bela Fleck & The Flecktones 2010 Winter Tour

Happy Holidays from the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Bela Fleck and the Flecktones wanted to let you know that we have just 6 more shows this year on our west coast run; Chico, Santa Rosa, Oakland, Santa Barbara, Los Angeles and Tucson - starting tomorrow!

We are playing our derangements of holiday music, plus some 'non holiday' Flecktone standards - ALSO - we have our very special guests 'Alash' with us. They are incredible Tuvan Throatsingers - you won't believe them! Tuva is a region in Siberia where this amazing singing style is prevalent and these dudes are some of the best at it. Also we have Casey Dreissen sitting in on fiddle, he is a fantastic player. In Oakland, Howard Levy will take Jeff's place, he is the musical phenomenon who started the band with us in 1988. He is truly one of the greatest harmonica players to ever pick up the instrument and it's a rare chance to hear the 'Original Flecktones'. Bela, Victor, Jeff, Future Man and the whole Flecktone crew wish you a happy season and all the best for the new year!

Check out some Bela Fleck coverage on The Grateful Web.

Upcoming Bela Fleck & the Flecktones Tour Dates:

12.14.10 Chico, CA US Laxon Auditorium - California State University
12.15.10 Santa Rosa, CA US Wells Fargo Center for the Arts
12.16.10 Oakland, CA US Fox Theater
12.17.10 Santa Barbara, CA US University of California
12.18.10 Los Angeles, CA US Orpheum Theater
12.19.10 Tucson, AZ US Rialto Theater


Bela Fleck: An African Edification

I first became immersed into African music from the influence of an amazing musician, friend, and teacher Matt Wasowski currently with Mohammed Alidu and the Bizung Family, and Zivanai Masango and Pachedu and formerly with Jaka and Jyemo amongst other groups. Matt who plays mostly guitar, also dabbles and even builds with his students many African instruments such as the Mbira or thumb piano and Marimbas.

Bela Fleck The Africa Project @ Boulder Theater

In his most ambitious project to date, renowned musician Béla Fleck explores the origins of the banjo. Fleck discovered in his travels in Africa that, while the banjo is traditionally considered an American instrument, its origins lie far from her shores. Throw Down Your Heart, the award-winning film, documented Fleck’s travels and explorations of music. After a celebrated album release and a successful tour in 2009, Fleck returns to the stage with more collaborations with some of Africa’s most talented musicians.

Béla Fleck is often considered the premier banjo player in the world. While still in high school he began experimenting with playing bebop jazz on his banjo, mentored by fellow banjo renegade Tony Trischka. In 1980, he released his first solo album, Crossing the Tracks, with material that ranged from straight ahead bluegrass to Chick Corea’s “Spain.” In 1989 he formed the genre-busting Flecktones, with members equally talented and adventurous as himself. Béla plays acoustic and electric banjos, mixing a bluegrass and folk sound into a modern improvisational style. The recipient of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks' total Grammy count is 11 Grammys won, and 27 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.

KGNU presents
BELA FLECK THE AFRICA PROJECT
ft. Bassekou Kouyate, Ngoni Ba, Anania Ngolia & John Kitime
Monday, February 8
doors 6:30pm, show 7:30pm

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Boulder Theater
2032 14th Street
Boulder, CO 80302
303.786.7030
www.bouldertheater.com

Bela Fleck and Flecktones Upcoming Tour

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones are about to get our end of the year tour started. They're doing a special tour with ORIGINAL FLECKTONE, Howard Levy. Get your passports out cause most of it takes place in Europe! Then we've got 5 shows in the USA with Howard.

Get out and see this special tour.

Then they'll be doing our Holiday Tour again with Jeff Coffin and many dates include Alash!!  Get out and see those - get their Holiday CD - "Jingle All the Way" available from Rounder Records!

See you there!

11.03.09 Limerick, IE University Concert Hall
11.04.09 Dublin, IE Vicar Street
11.05.09 Barcelona, ES Aditoria (Sala 2)
11.06.09 Cartagena, ES Teatro Circo
11.07.09 Zaragoza, ES Zaragoza Theater
11.08.09 Prague, CZ Palace Acropolis
11.09.09 Athens, GR Pallas Theater
11.11.09 Amsterdam, NL Melkweg
11.12.09 Zoetemeer, NL Boerferji
11.13.09 Milan, IT Blue Note
11.14.09 Milan, IT Blue Note
11.15.09 London, GB Barbican
11.18.09 Bethesda, MD US Strathmore
11.19.09 Peekskill, NY US Paramount Theater
11.20.09 Morristown, NJ US Mayo Center
11.21.09 Englewood, NJ US Bergen PAC
11.22.09 Brookville, NY US Tilles Center
12.01.09 Columbia, SC US South Carolina Philharmonic
12.02.09 Athens, GA US Classic Center
12.03.09 Meridian, MS US Riley Center
12.04.09 Columbus, GA US Heard Theater River Center
12.05.09 N Charleston, SC US N Charleston PAC
12.06.09 Gainesville, FL US Univ of Florida
12.08.09 Greenville, SC US Peace Concert Hall
12.09.09 Birmingham, AL US Alys Robinson Stephens Center Univ of Birmingham
12.10.09 Detroit, MI US MotorCity Casino
12.11.09 Kalamazoo, MI US State Theater
12.12.09 Chicago, IL US Congress Theater
12.13.09 Madison, WI US Orpheum Theater
12.14.09 Minneapolis, MN US Guthrie Theater
12.16.09 Salt Lake City, UT US Kingsbury Hall
12.17.09 Jackson, WY US Center for the Arts
12.18.09 Denver, CO US Paramount Theater
12.19.09 Beaver Creek, CO US Vilar Center
12.20.09 Salina, KS US Stiefel Theater