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Bela Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto (Documentary) Premieres Nov 20

Bela Fleck PerformingOn Thursday, November 20 at the IFC Center in New York City, 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck will premiere his new documentary, How to Write a Banjo Concert (Argot Pictures). The screening begins at 7:15pm and runs 96 minutes, followed by a Q&A with Béla. “Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto” follows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through one of his most challenging musical journeys, into the world of the Symphony Orchestra. Béla is commissioned to compose a banjo concerto, possibly the first of its kind, for banjo and 80 piece symphony orchestra. It begins before he has written a note, and concludes a year later, with the sold out premiere concert with the Nashville Symphony. An intimate look at the process of composition and collaboration, “How to Write a Banjo Concerto” features Earl Scruggs, Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Zakir Hussain, Abigail Washburn and other close musical friends of Béla’s.

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

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.

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