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- Posted on Aug 5th 2009 11:30AM by DJ Lanphier
Over the years, the New York native has been nominated in nine Grammy categories -- arrangement, composition, bluegrass, folk, classical, jazz, pop, rock and spoken word, the most ever for any artist -- so, it makes complete sense to see Fleck sitting on stage next to virtuoso Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté, jamming on the bluegrass classic 'Dueling Banjos.' It was both surreal and familiar, generating laughs as well as long attentive silences from the audience as they watched and listened to two very intent masters weave a musical tapestry.
At its best, music is the universal language and Fleck and Diabate treated fans to a unique instrumental dialogue. Their musical discussion ranged from fun to melancholic and, in the end, it was all deeply passionate and unique. Welcome home, Bela.