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An intimate workshop with banjo legend Béla Fleck. During this workshop, Béla shared his experiences, demonstrated his own songs and techniques and answered questions about his approach to banjo and his career.
Where Waltons New School of Music
When Saturday, 14 January 2012, 3 – 4.30 pm
Presented by Waltons New School of Music and Fickle3 Promotions
Workshop photo gallery
Béla Fleck is quite simply the premier banjo player in the world. A New York City native, he picked up the banjo at age 15 after being awed by the bluegrass music of Flatt & Scruggs. 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 1982, he joined the progressive bluegrass band New Grass Revival, making a name for himself on countless solo and ensemble projects ever since as a virtuoso instrumentalist. In 1989 he formed the genre-busting Flecktones, with members equally talented and adventurous as himself. Throw Down Your Heart, his most recent (and most ambitious) project, involved on-location collaborations with musicians from Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Mali, South Africa and Madagascar, in which he explores the African origins of the banjo, the prototype of which was brought to American shores by African slaves. Over his storied career, Béla has won 11 Grammy Awards and has been nominated in more categories than any musician in history.
This workshop took place before Béla Fleck's performance with the original Flecktones at the National Concert Hall on Tuesday, 17 January 2012.
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