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Spoleto Festival USA
Sponsored By: CertusBank •
Venue: TD Arena at College of Charleston
Duration: Approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes
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.