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 Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck – 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.
“Washburn and her husband Béla Fleck are banjo royalty – he redefined bluegrass with the Flecktones, she fused the sounds of Appalachia with Chinese folk … In the duo’s hands, their combined total of 10 strings can span the range of a piano, a blues band or an entire symphony orchestra.” – The Guardian (London)
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