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Béla Fleck Confirms World Premiere of 'How to Write a Banjo Concerto'

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Bela FleckNashville, TN -- April 19th at the Nashville Film Festival marks the world premiere of Béla Fleck’s full-length documentary, How to Write a Banjo Concerto (Argot Pictures). Directed by Sascha Paladino and Béla Fleck, the film is a revealing look at the renowned banjo player’s creative process and relationships, including lifelong friend and colleague Edgar Meyer, his hero Earl Scruggs (making one of his last on-camera appearances and to whom the concerto is dedicated), wife Abigail Washburn, mentor Tony Trischka, Chris Thile, Chick Corea, his namesake Béla Bartok, the individual players in the orchestra and more.

“The fact that I had no qualifications whatsoever as a classical composer didn't seem to bother the symphony, and honestly it bothered me only a little,” adds Fleck. “I've always enjoyed dreaming up challenging scenarios, and then digging deep and working obsessively to attempt to pull them off.”

Béla and the 90-piece Nashville Symphony Orchestra world premiered The Impostor concerto to a sold out audience in September, 2011.

Bela Fleck has won 15 Grammy Awards and has been nominated in more categories than any other artist in Grammy history. He remains a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat. In 2009, he produced the award-winning documentary, Throw Down Your Heart, where he journeyed across Africa to understand the origins of the banjo. The Impostor album is currently available through Deutsche Grammophon/Mercury Classics.

band, the Flecktones, for 25 years and counting, Fleck has collaborated with musicians across multiple genres and from around the globe – from composer-bassist pal Edgar Meyer to jazz pianists Chick Corea and Marcus Roberts, from Indian tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain to such Malian artists as singer Oumou Sangaré and kora player Toumani Diabaté.

How to Write a Banjo Concerto @ Nashville Film Festival
World Premiere:
Saturday, April 19 @ 6:15pm, followed by Q&A
Wed, April 23 @ 3:45pm
Green Hills Cinema, Nashville
Ticket info at Nashville Film Festival.

The Impostor performances:

  • April 12 - Peoria, IL Peoria Civic Center w/ Peoria Symphony Orchestra
  • May 3 - Columbia, SC Roger’s Center w/ South Carolina Philharmonic
  • June 20 - Telluride Bluegrass Festival w/ Colorado Symphony
  • Aug 1 & 2 - Santa Cruz, CA Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music
  • Sept 13 - Portland, OR Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall w/ Oregon Symphony
  • Sept 26 - Lenoir, NC w/ Western Piedmont Symphony

Visit for more information and tour dates for this awesome artist.

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