Throw Down Your Heart, the third volume in Béla's renowned Tales From the Acoustic Planet series, is his most ambitious project to date. In on-location collaborations with musicians from Uganda, Tanzania, Senegal, Mali, South Africa and Madagascar, Béla Fleck explores the African origins of the banjo, the prototype of which was brought to American shores by African slaves.
Throw Down Your Heart is a companion to the award-winning film of the same name, which Béla and director Sascha Paladino are currently premiering at festivals nationwide. Transcending barriers of language and culture, Fleck finds common ground with musicians ranging from local villagers to international superstars such as the Malian diva Oumou Sangare to create some of the most meaningful music of his career.
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.
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.