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Spoleto Festival USA

Music

BÉLA FLECK & ABIGAIL WASHBURN

Sponsored By: CertusBank

Venue: TD Arena at College of Charleston

Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes

Overview

Banjoists Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have mastered the deceptively intricate art of the duet. Washburn’s beguiling song writing, playing, and singing blend with Fleck’s riveting and virtuosic musicianship to create music both unique yet familiar in texture. A 15-time Grammy Award-winner, Fleck has collaborated with Chick Corea, Oumou Sangare, Zakir Hussain, Edgar Meyer, Dave Matthews, and Earl Scruggs, as well as with the Cleveland Orchestra for his banjo concerto The Impostor. Washburn’s banjo has taken her far beyond the usual old-timey comfort zone, musically and geographically. Her adopted second homeland is China, and her music resounds with echoes of Appalachia and the tidal wave of emerging Chinese cultural influence. A married couple, they are a duo in both personal and professional life, and we welcome them to the 2014 Festival along with their new baby, born just prior to the opening of last year’s edition.

To see how Spoleto Festival USA has transformed TD Arena into a performance space click here and here.

Photography

These performances are made possible in part through funds from the Spoleto Festival USA Endowment, generously supported by BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, Wells Fargo, and Bank of America.