Banjo Virtuoso Bela Fleck

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If you think the banjo is limited to folk and country music, then you probably don't know much about Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The group has been recording and touring for much of the past 15 years, and in that time Bela Fleck has pioneered a genre that is difficult to label — because it's as wide and varied as the musical universe itself.

Fleck is a restless banjo virtuoso who mixes experimental bluegrass with pop, funk, jazz, and classical and who says he's happy only when he can "push the boundaries of music." On the quartet's new CD, "The Hidden Land," Fleck and the Flecktones wander from a Bach fugue to jazz improv to an eastern-tinged musical meditation.

Tune in to hear musical boundaries bent with Bela Fleck and his banjo.Guest:

Bela Fleck, Grammy award-winning banjo player and leader of "Bela Fleck and the Flecktones". Their new album is "The Hidden Land."

This program aired on February 24, 2006.


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