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Bela Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto (Documentary) Premieres Nov 20

Bela Fleck PerformingOn Thursday, November 20 at the IFC Center in New York City, 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck will premiere his new documentary, How to Write a Banjo Concert (Argot Pictures). The screening begins at 7:15pm and runs 96 minutes, followed by a Q&A with Béla. “Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto” follows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through one of his most challenging musical journeys, into the world of the Symphony Orchestra. Béla is commissioned to compose a banjo concerto, possibly the first of its kind, for banjo and 80 piece symphony orchestra. It begins before he has written a note, and concludes a year later, with the sold out premiere concert with the Nashville Symphony. An intimate look at the process of composition and collaboration, “How to Write a Banjo Concerto” features Earl Scruggs, Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Zakir Hussain, Abigail Washburn and other close musical friends of Béla’s.

Bluegrass and Beyond and Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Nov 8th

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnSaturday, November 8th, the Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum will presenjt a special program -- Bluegrass and Beyond for three performances throughout the day. The family program of Bluegrass Basics will take place at the same time as the mid-day program. For a special treat, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn will perform at the CMA Theater at 8 PM.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Present Debut Album Oct. 7

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnBéla Fleck and Abigail Washburn present their eponymous debut album as a duo, after many years of prominence as banjo players and composers in their own eclectic avenues. Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a yearlong tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno. Béla, an icon and innovator of jazz, classical and world, with more multi-category GRAMMY wins than any other artist (15 total), and Abigail, a formidable talent with triumphs in songwriting, theater, performance, and even Chinese diplomacy by way of banjo, turn out to be quite a fortuitous pairing with a deep, distinct and satisfying outcome. The culmination is an album like no other.

Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn Live in the CMA Theater

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnNashville, TN -- Nashville-based banjo duo Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn celebrate their eponymous first duo record live in the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on Saturday, November 8, in conjunction with their record release on Tuesday, October 7.

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Collaborate on Debut Album

Béla Fleck and Abigail WashburnBéla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, “the unofficial First Family of the Banjo” (NPR), will release their eponymous debut album October 7th on Rounder Records. Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn is a front porch banjo and vocal album of new music, Appalachian murder ballads, gospel, chamber and blues; the culmination of a year-long tour as a duo in 2013, following the birth of their son, Juno.

Béla Fleck To Deliver Keynote Address at IBMA's World of Bluegrass

Béla FleckNashville, TN -- Béla Fleck, one of the most celebrated and innovative banjo players in contemporary music, will deliver the keynote address during International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass 2014 event, which takes place September 30 – October 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Béla Fleck Confirms World Premiere of 'How to Write a Banjo Concerto'

Bela FleckNashville, TN -- April 19th at the Nashville Film Festival marks the world premiere of Béla Fleck’s full-length documentary, How to Write a Banjo Concerto (Argot Pictures). Directed by Sascha Paladino and Béla Fleck, the film is a revealing look at the renowned banjo player’s creative process and relationships, including lifelong friend and colleague Edgar Meyer, his hero Earl Scruggs (making one of his last on-camera appearances and to whom the concerto is dedicated), wife Abigail Washburn, mentor Tony Trischka, Chris Thile, Chick Corea, his namesake Béla Bartok, the individual players in the orchestra and more.

Alison Krauss Unable to Perform at Wide Open Bluegrass Festival

Alison KraussNashville, TN -- Performer Alison Krauss will be unable to perform, as previously announced, as part of the “epic collaboration” set planned for Friday, September 27 during IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh, North Carolina, at Red Hat Amphitheater. As per the artist’s representative: “Alison Krauss was recently diagnosed with a vocal condition called dysphonia. Alison has been advised to have vocal rest, and therefore will not be performing at Wide Open Bluegrass next weekend. We anticipate a smooth, quick recovery given proper treatment and adequate rest.”

Béla Fleck to Perform Banjo Concerto with North Carolina Symphony

Bela FleckRaleigh, NC -- Banjo master Béla Fleck will perform his Concerto for Banjo and Symphony Orchestra with the North Carolina Symphony, led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, in a special concert Tuesday, Sept. 24, at 7:30 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. The concert coincides with the International Bluegrass Music Association conference in Raleigh, which takes place Sept. 24-28.

New York Banjo Summit Returns for October 2013 Tour

New York Banjo Summit 2013Many of the world’s most influential bluegrass banjo players – all with ties to New York - will reunite to perform a “Banjo Summit” in a limited concert tour of the East Coast in October 2013. The tour, coordinated by “The Egg” Performing Arts Center in Albany, NY, follows the success of its Fall 2012 and Winter 2013 runs to play 11 shows from October 2 through 13.

$50,000 Raised for BCM Museum Education

Bela Fleck & Abigail WashburnBristol, TN/VA -- It was during soundcheck on Saturday when virtuosic banjoist Bela Fleck and his lovely, and very pregant, wife Abigail Washburn learned their performance at The Paramount Center for the Arts that evening had helped raise more than $50,000 for educational programming at the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum.

New "Fiddle/Sticks" Video: Casey Driessen and Futureman

Casey Driessen and FuturemanSan Francisco, CA -- Casey Driessen announces the second video from Fiddle/Sticks featuring Roy “Futureman” Wooten, the follow-up to the premiere session with country music drummer Kenny Malone. Fiddle/Sticks is a collaborative exploration of rhythm which pairs GRAMMY nominated fiddler Casey Driessen – the leading voice in percussive fiddle/violin technique (AKA The Chop) – with a list of the landmark drummers and percussionists of our time. Cutting across all genres and traditions, the project documents these rhythmic explorations through recordings, videos, photos and journals.

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Patron Ticket Pre-Sale

Bela Fleck & Abigail WashburnBristol, TN/VA -- The Blue Stocking Club, Bristol’s longest running service organization, will bring the world’s most celebrated banjoist to the Paramount Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Bristol in order to fund educational programming at the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum. The museum is slated to open on the corner of Moore and Cumberland Streets in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN August 2014.

BCM Presents Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn at Blue Stocking Club

Bela Fleck & Abigail WashburnThe Blue Stocking Club, Bristol’s longest running service organization, will bring the world’s most celebrated banjoist to the Paramount Center for the Arts in Historic Downtown Bristol in order to fund educational programming at the Birthplace of Country Music® Museum. The museum is slated to open on the corner of Moore and Cumberland Streets in Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN August 2014.

Banjo Master Tony Trischka Wins USA Fellowship and Grant

Tonyt TrischkaHailed as one of the most innovative and respected musicians in his field for over 40 years, banjo master Tony Trischka has been awarded a $50,000 USA Fellowship grant from United States Artists. Every year, United States Artists invites leaders in nearly every artistic discipline to submit names of artists they believe show extraordinary talent and commitment to their craft.

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