Legendary banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck teams up with the unsurpassably inventive string quartet Brooklyn Rider for an evening of music anchored by the recently recorded Night Flight Over Water, Béla’s quintet for banjo and string quartet, as well as works from Brooklyn Rider’s versatile repertoire, solo turns by Béla, and other collaborative surprises. This prolific quintet began touring the program in New York City in November 2013 and will continue throughout North America in 2013-2014. Slipping seamlessly between the diverse worlds of American roots music and classical, these five musicians reveal a rich range of musical possibilities with new availabilities in 2014-2015.

“Night Flight Over Water, is more complex and fascinating because of the built-in tensions between the five-string instruments in both ensemble and solo play. They allow not only for a unique exploration of the classical quintet form, as Fleck seeks to explore not only the possibilities for his own instrument as interloper and collaborator, but also as a tonal and harmonic inquiry at once playful and sophisticated.” -All Music

“Never do we think the banjoist could be so risk-taking, so disturbingly mischievous, and so willing to take the backseat for the greater good of the art…a stirring testament to his undeniable gift of storytelling without speaking a word.” -Altoriot ... read full bio