Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bela is back

Banjo player extraordinaire Bela Fleck will return to the Woodstock Film Festival next week.

Bela will play a concert with Abigail Washburn Oct. 2 at the Bearsville Theater to open the fest, then his excellent film, "Throw Down Your Heart," will be screened Oct. 2 at the Bearsville Theater; and Oct. 3 at Upstate Films in Rhinebeck.

This film offers tons of excellent music that Bela made during his visit to rural and cosmopolitan Africa, the nation from which the banjo is originally from. The film was made by Bela's brother, Sascha Palladino. The two collaborated in the past on "Making Music for Two," a doc about Bela's album and tour with bass player Edgar Meyer. "Making Music for Two" took home the 2004 WFF prize for best short documentary.

The thing I really loved about "Throw Down Your Heart" was how Bela, a true maestro, has no ego, and seems in true awe of these African musicians, who themselves are phenomenal.

Be sure to check this blog next Thursday morning, where I will be posting info about Bela and Abigail's concert. I'll also be talking about the show and the film when I am on WDST FM next Thursday morning.

Thanks, Bela!

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