Bela Fleck with Brooklyn Rider
Iconic genre-busting banjo player with cutting-edge string quartet
"Banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck knows no boundaries!" - The San Jose Mercury
"Few young artists are as versatile as the four gentlemen of the string quartet Brooklyn Rider, whose members—the violist Nicholas Cords, violinists Johnny Gandelsman and Colin Jacobsen and Jacobsen's cello-playing brother, Eric—are veterans of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road project as well as expert advocates for the classical repertory." - The New Yorker
Music Worcester welcomes another music legend for the first time to kick-off 2014 – Béla Fleck! Named after Béla Bartók, Anton Webern and Leos Janácek and famous for his group Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, he is the world’s foremost banjo player and has won no less than 15 Grammys. Appearing with Brooklyn Rider, a string quartet who has partnered with Yo Yo Ma and The Silk Road Project, Béla Fleck is a rare musician who can do it all – jazz, folk, classical, bluegrass and rock. This program will feature Fleck’s own Banjo Quintet.
Bela Fleck is one of the most recognizable names in folk/world music, being a banjo player who has crossed over in jazz, classical, folk, club scenes and pop music through his work with the Flecktones. He is touring in 2014 with a cutting-edge string quartet, Brooklyn Rider.
This will be an acoustic show at Mechanics Hall, offering an opportunity to hear Fleck and the quartet in his own compositions as well as covers and arrangements.
Listen to a recent interview and performance on WNYC's Soundcheck by Béla Fleck with The Brooklyn Rider String Quartet! http://soundcheck.wnyc.org/story/bela-fleck-brooklyn-rider-in-studio
To be announced from the stage
To include: Night Flight Over Water (2012) - Béla Fleck
To include: Three Miniatures for String Quartet - Colin Jacobsen
Remainder of Program to be announced
About the Artists
Just in case you aren't familiar with Bela Fleck, there are some who say he's the premiere banjo player in the world.. Others claim that Bela has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Bela, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings.
The recipient of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Fleck's total Grammy count is 15 won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different categories than anyone in Grammy history.
Biography: Béla Anton Leoš Fleck was born in New York and named after Béla Bartók, Leoš Janáček and Anton Webern. Fleck has been nominated for 30 Grammys in more unique categories than any artist in Grammy history, winning 14 of them. Widely considered the premier banjo player alive today, Béla is an artist who has completely redefined the limits of the instrument. First making his name in the seminal bluegrass ensemble New Grass Revival with Sam Bush, Béla then formed The Flecktones which combined elements of jazz, jam-band and folk music and have become wildly popular for their brilliant genre-defying live concerts. In 2001 Béla finally delivered “Perpetual Motion” his acclaimed foray into the classical world, which picked up two Grammys. Since writing and performing concerti with double bassist, Edgar Meyer and tabla master Zakir Hussain, Béla made his Deutsche Grammophon debut in 2013 with his concerto for solo banjo, “The Imposter,” commissioned by and recorded with The Nashville Symphony. The concerto was paired with a banjo quintet performed with the dynamic, young string quartet Brooklyn Rider.
Biography: Praised for its “stunningly imaginative” performances (Lucid Culture), the adventurous, intrepid string quartet Brooklyn Rider combines a wildly eclectic repertoire with a gripping performance style that continues to attract legions of fans and draw critical acclaim from classical, world, and rock critics. NPR credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble,” and Vice likens Brooklyn Rider to “motocross daredevils who never screw up a stunt.” At home in both clubs and concert halls, Brooklyn Rider has appeared in venues as varied as New York City’s Joe’s Pub, the San Francisco Jazz Festival, Japan’s Todai-ji, the Library of Congress, and the South By Southwest Festival. Through creative programming and global collaborations, Brooklyn Rider’s “down-to-earth demeanor…demystifies contemporary classical music and invites everyone into the tent" (Time Out New York).