Béla Fleck

In a thrilling culmination of recent weeks, Béla Fleck has been at the center of a whirlwind of musical achievements and exhilarating performances. From captivating audiences across Europe and the UK with "My Bluegrass Heart" to clinching two Grammy Awards for "As We Speak" alongside Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain, and Rakesh Chaurasia, Fleck's journey has been nothing short of spectacular.

The first time banjo legend Béla Fleck, tabla master Zakir Hussain, and double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer got together to make an album, it was to write, not to play.

The UCLA Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) is thrilled to announce an evening of transcultural musical brilliance featuring the collaborative genius of four global music icons: Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, and Rakesh Chaurasia. This prestigious event will take place at the historic Royce Hall on Saturday, November 18, 2023, at 8 pm.

The first time banjo legend Béla Fleck, tabla master Zakir Hussain, and double bass virtuoso Edgar Meyer got together to make an album, it was to write, not to play.

Every June—for the past five decades—music fans known as Festivarians have made their annual pilgrimage to the box canyon town of Telluride, Colorado, for the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Inspired by the beauty of the natural landscape and the skillfully played music from a multitude of genres, this legendary gathering has long been a bucket list destination for musicians and music fans alike.

Smithsonian Folkways Recordings has just released the groundbreaking new album Ears of the People: Ekonting Songs from Senegal and The Gambia that represents the first full length representation of the West African ekonting. Considered the key ancestor of the American banjo, the ekonting is alive and well in West Africa, telling the stories of the artists who love it today. And yet it still exhibits some of the same or similar playing techniques as the American banjo, separated by centuries and some of the worst history in the world.

Following word of the Summer 2023 release of This Moment – their first new studio album in 46 years – revolutionary world music ensemble Shakti will continue to discover and explore the musical common ground bridging East and West on an extensive U.S. tour, beginning August 17 in Boston, current itinerary below with more dates TBA.

The Newport Folk Festival, one of the most highly-anticipated events of the summer music season, is set to return July 28-30th. Tickets go on sale to the public on February 1st, 2023 at 1:00 pm EST.

Touring in 2022 is coming to an end, just one more run of My Bluegrass Heart dates in December. The band is so hot and so joyful. Michael Cleveland on fiddle, Sierra Hull on mandolin, Justin Moses on - well - everything, Mark Schatz on bass, and Bryan Sutton on guitar - this was the band that kicked off the My Bluegrass Heart tour. You’ll see a lot of these dates have Punch Brothers on the bill. We’ve sure been looking forward to that! What will we come up with for those shows? There’s only one way for you to find out!

Béla Fleck is out on the road for much of the rest of this year - hitting over 20 states - able to share the new music with lots of you folks! Below you’ll see the different bands for each part of the tour. They’re all incredible musicians, so no matter what My Bluegrass Heart show comes to your town, Béla can confidently predict fireworks! .

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