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Selections from the duo's 2016 Grammy-winning recording for Best Folk Album: "Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn."Read more about the program »
Béla Fleck is one of the most innovative and in uential banjo players in the history of the instrument, often combining classical harmony with an e ortless Scruggs style. He was at the helm of such landmark groups as the Flecktones and the Africa Project, and recently wrote his first Banjo Concerto, commissioned and premiered by the Nashville Symphony Orchestra. With 15 Grammys and 30 nominations, he has been nominated in more musical categories than any other artist in Grammy history! The collaboration with his wife and fellow banjoist, Abigail Washburn, is one of the most magical in his catalogue, with the purity of two-part counterpoint in full force guided by Abigail’s soulful singing and claw-hammer style. In a season anchored by timeworn masterworks here at Princeton, Fleck and Washburn offer a slightly different perspective to the mix, drawing from the great vernacular music of Appalachia.
- The Guardian (London)
“Their harmonic lines were as close-knit as their relationship, and there was warmth and wit woven through their performances, smiles and patter. But it’s their expressive range— in Washburn’s nostalgia-tinged voice and Fleck’s insouciant solos—that made the evening so compelling. If anyone can convince a skeptical world of the beauty of the banjo, it is this pair.”
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