Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
(2013/2014 Performing Arts)
“One of the most accomplished banjo players of his time” The New York Times (on Béla Fleck)“An illuminating entertainer willing to push old-soul ideas into the present.” Los Angeles Times (on Abigail Washburn)A rare chance to see two of the world’s most highly regarded banjo players and fearless musical explorers – Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn – together. Each has won independent acclaim: Fleck, as the 14 Grammy-winning musical chameleon; Washburn, as the “daring, definite talent” (The Wall Street Journal) with the beguiling voice. But throughout the years, the husband and wife have always made music with each other, whether for their own pleasure, for family and friends, as part of the Sparrow Quartet or in very rare impromptu performances. During their first Santa Barbara appearance as a duo, the husband and wife team perform a mix of traditional and original songs.Related event: Meet-the-Artist Conversation withAbigail Washburn, Professor Michael Berry (UC Santa Barbara) and Professor Jeffrey Wasserstrom (UC Irvine)Wed, May 7 / 1 PM / UCSB MultiCultural CenterFREE and open to the publicCo-presented by UCSB Center for East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies
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