Béla Fleck is a 15-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history. Often considered the premier banjo player in the world, Fleck has reinvented the image of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a multitude of solo projects and collaborations.
Fleck is perhaps most famous for pioneering his band Béla Fleck and the Flecktones, formed in 1988 and still going strong. The band has collaborated with guest artists as diverse as Bruce Hornsby, Branford Marsalis, John Medeski and Dave Matthews, and has recorded 13 distinctive albums. In 2005 Fleck performed with the Sparrow Quartet, an acoustic group formed by his wife and musical collaborator Abigail Washburn with whom he now tours, and with whom he now has a baby boy named Juno Fleck.
Already a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat, Fleck made his first venture into the classical music world with Perpetual Motion and the 2001 recording went on to win a pair of Grammys, including Best Classical Crossover Album. Collaborating with Fleck on Perpetual Motion was his long time friend and colleague Edgar Meyer, a bassist and composer; in the wake of that album’s release, Fleck and Meyer formed a banjo/bass duo, which they toured across the U.S. They went on to compose two orchestral works for the Nashville Symphony–a double concerto for banjo and bass, as well as a triple concerto with Zakir Hussain, the Indian tabla virtuoso. In 2011 Fleck premiered his banjo concerto The Impostor with the Nashville Symphony Orchestra, and will perform the West Coast premiere at the Cabrillo Festival on Opening Night, August 1, 2014.
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