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Béla Fleck tours with Brooklyn Rider String Quartet

Posted by:  Kimmel Center on January 27, 2014

Béla Fleck tours with Brooklyn Rider String Quartet. Check out this note from Fleck’s website about this unique tour:

After premiering the Impostor Concerto, and getting a record deal, the question was – what else would go on the record? 

I decided to write a piece for banjo and string quartet, kindly commissioned by Butler University.

After doing my research on string quartets, a powerful tide pushed me towards Brooklyn Rider, one of the very special groups playing in this format today. They play a lot of new music, and they were perfectly suited to interpret my mongrel composition Night Ride Over Water.

The format of banjo with string quartet was so compelling that we decided to create a whole night of music and tour with it. Check the schedule for performances in your area, if this idea intrigues you the way it does me! 

Béla Fleck with Brooklyn Rider
Sat, Feb 1| 8PM| Merriam Theater

‘A virtuoso of the banjo, Béla Fleck has been pushing the boundaries of his instrument for over 30 years.’ (The New York Times) He has been called the premier banjo player in the world and 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. Béla has won eight Grammy Awards and has been nominated in more categories than anyone in Grammy history. Brooklyn Rider, a young, Brooklyn-based string quartet consisting of members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble, 'is recreating the 300-year-old form of string quartet as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble.’ (NPR) 'The dazzling fingers-in-every-pie that Brooklyn Rider exhibits is one of the wonders of contemporary music.’ (Los Angeles Times) “These guys are like motocross daredevils who never screw up a stunt.’(Vice) This concert is part of a tour celebrating the release of their collaborative recording, Banjo Quintet.

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