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Béla Fleck's "How to Write A Banjo Concerto" Out Now

05.13.15
Béla Fleck
Argot Pictures

Argot Pictures' documentary shadows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through his creative journey of combining the raw beauty of the banjo with the unwavering strength of an 80-piece symphony orchestra. Ranking among one of his most challenging musical feats, his concerto The Impostor emerges with shining success, much to the approval of fans, critics, and colleagues alike.  With guest appearances by Earl Scruggs, Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Zakir Hussain, Abigail Washburn and more, this film takes you inside the intimate, torturous relationship between a man and his music. 

The Impostor premiered in September 2011 with the Nashville Symphony, who commissioned the work under the baton of Giancarlo Guerrero.  Fleck desired to "explore the new possibilities of the banjo as a member or the orchestra, while respecting its roots in bluegrass and jazz,” a modest feat that was unequivocally surpassed.  The Impostor was the feature of Fleck’s debut classical recording on Mercury Classics, along with his acclaimed chamber work Night Flight Over Water recorded with the pioneering quartet Brooklyn Rider.  

Béla has performed his concerto nearly 50 times to date, including concerts with the Philadelphia and Cleveland Orchestras, the Colorado and Oregon Symphonies, the Cabrillo and Britt Festivals, the Louisiana Philharmonic and many others. Performances of The Impostor in 2015-2016 include the Rochester Philharmonic and the Louisville Orchestra. His second concerto is being commissioned for premiere in the spring of 2016. 

The documentary is available on ITunes

The Impostor and Fleck's new concerto are both available for orchestral appearances worldwide.