wildly innovative banjo duo
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (12/16/18)
Béla Fleck, Abigail Washburn
2020 Addison Street
Berkeley, CA, 94704
Doors 12:00 PM / Show 1:00 PM
This event is all ages
Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn meet in the middle, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time. Their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.
Béla Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots. His collaborations range from his ground-breaking standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments. From writing concertos for full symphony orchestra, exploring the banjo’s African roots, to jazz duos with Chick Corea, many tout that Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player.
Abigail Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, and has contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force. In addition, Washburn has recently created a non-profit with Chinese zither-master, Wu Fei, called the Ripple Effect, whose mission is to unite and open hearts through the unique sounds and harmony of American and Chinese folk music.
$52 ADV / $56 DOOR (plus fees)
All tickets are subject to an additional $4 per ticket facility fee.