Béla Fleck is world-renowned as one of the best banjo players and bluegrass musicians around, but in 2011 he ventured where few bluegrass musicians have gone before: the stage of a symphony.
Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto chronicles Fleck’s journey as he composes a banjo concerto for the Nashville Symphony, a feat he accomplishes despite no formal training in classical music, from conception to performance.
Described as “an intimate look at the process of composition and collaboration,” the film gives a look not only into Fleck’s creative mind, but into those of fellow performers Earl Scruggs, Chris Thile, Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, Zakir Hussain and Fleck’s wife and fellow musician Abigail Washburn.
Béla Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto is out today on iTunes.
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn Tour Dates
April 23 – Wilkesboro, NC Merlefest
April 24 – Louisville, NY KCD Theater
April 25 – New Harmony, IN Under the Beams
April 26 – New Orleans, LA Jazz Fest
May 3 – Memphis, TN Beale Street Music Festival
June 11 – Tucson, AZ Fox Theater
June 12 – Ontario, CA Huck Finn Jubilee
June 14 – Manchester, TN Bonnaroo
June 18, 19 – Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival
June 21 – Croton-on-Hudson, NY Clearwater Festival
June 25 – Muncie, IN Minnetrista
June 26 – Cleveland, OH Cain Park
June 27 – Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre (w/ Punch Brothers)
July 10 – Chautauqua, NY Chautauqua Ampitheater (w/ Punch Brothers)
July 11 – Somerset, KY Master Musicians Festival
July 14 – Roanoke, VA Elmwood Park (w/ Punch Brothers)
July 15 – Vienna, VA Wolf Trap (w/ Punch Brothers)
July 17 – Oak Hill, NY Grey Fox
July 22 – Portsmouth, NH Prescott Park
July 23,24 – Rockport, MA Shalin Liu
Aug 8 – Alta, WY Grand Targhee Bluegrass Festival