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Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn

March 23, 2017
8:00 pm
Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall

Sure, in the abstract, a banjo duo might seem like a musical concept beset by limitations. But when the banjo players cast in those roles are Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn - she with the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter; he with the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots - it's a different matter entirely. There's no denying that theirs is a one-of-a-kind pairing, with one-of-a-kind possibilities. Fleck and Washburn have collaborated in the past, most visibly in their Sparrow Quartet with Casey Driessen and Ben Sollee. Until last fall, though, any performances they gave as a two-piece were decidedly informal, a pickin' party here, a benefit show at Washburn's grandmother's Unitarian church there. It was inevitable and eagerly anticipated by fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare that these partners in music and life (who married in 2009) would eventually do a full-fledged project together. We would like to recognize Wendy & Howard Kleckner and Lev & Celia Mass for generously sponsoring Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Presented by The Oshman Family JCC

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3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto, CA 94303

Albert and Janet Schultz Cultural Arts Hall

San Antonio Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, United States
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