Whenever Chick Corea and Béla Fleck take to the stage, genres always ﬂ y fast and furious. Performing together, these two master musicians weave duets out of staggering virtuosity creating mind-blowing magic performances.
Béla Fleck, considered the premiere banjo player in the world, lives to improvise and loves to work with unexpected musical fusions. In high school, Béla began his experimentation by playing bebop on the banjo. His "blu-bop" mix of jazz and bluegrass with his Flecktones was an unexpected commercial success, as well as critically-acclaimed and award-winning. Fleck has won 8 Grammys and is the only musician to be nominated for Grammys in jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, gospel, composition and world music categories.
Chick Coreaʼs restless creativity knows no bounds. His groundbreaking band Return To Forever launched the fusion era of the ʻ70s. His work with ﬂ amenco great Paco de Lucia led to the formation of Touchstone, a band whose ﬁery Latinismo music has bridged the world of ﬂ amenco and jazz. His Piano Concerto No. 2 headlined the Viennaʼs Mozart Celebrations this year. Chickʼs whole career is the stuff of jazz lore, an amalgamation of inﬂuential, limit-stretching, genre-bending musical experiences that have garnered him 12 Grammy awards and legions of fans worldwide.
Béla Fleck, as the world's preeminent banjo player, with 14 Grammy wins has garnered a reputation for genrebending for his collaborations with a tabla player, an African thumb pianist and a traditional bluegrass band.
The Marcus Roberts Trio, led by Roberts on piano, Jason Marsalis on drums and Rodney Jordan on bass, are keen torch-holders of the classic jazz tradition.
The mix of these four,—Roberts, Fleck, Jordan, Marsalis—create a new way forward in jazz, deeply rooted in the form, while pulling from the extensive backgrounds and music journeys of all the members—creating stellar performances that are exuberant, fresh, soaring, bold, and, of course, eclectic.
A genre-bending collaboration between banjo virtuoso and 18-time Grammy award winner Béla Fleck with Malian diva and Wassoulou singer Oumou Sangaré, here performing tracks from Fleck's 'Throw Down Your Heart' release, alongside original Sangaré songs.