Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 @ 8:00pm
 
"One of the world’s most accommodating virtuosos. " -The New York Times
 
“They are a match made in musical heaven, a commanding musical force full of warmth and ingenuity.”   –South Coast Today
 
 
Fleck and Washburn met at a square dance and began playing music together a dozen years ago, beginning with the Sparrow Quartet. They married shortly thereafter and became parents to a cute little tot. They’ve been touring the globe as a duo for years, almost nonstop but for each other’s performances with various other musical iterations: Béla with the likes of Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, Chick Corea and Chris Thile, among many others, and Abigail with Wu Fei (a master of the ancient 21-string Chinese zither), The Wu-Force and Uncle Earl.
 
“Some of the most interesting things in the world come together in strange and unique ways and show our diversity,” reflects Béla, a fifteen-time Grammy award winner who is often considered the world’s premier banjo player. “The banjo is just one of those things. It’s a great example of how the world can combine things and create surprising hybrids,” a reference to the ancestral African roots of the banjo combining with Scotch-Irish music in Appalachia.
 
 "We have so much fun playing banjo together. We just sit there and communicate in a manner that, at times, I think we only understand."   -Abigail Washburn
 
 
 
 

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