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Thursday, February 7, 2019 11:00 AM // Hill Auditorium

Field Trip
Echo in the Valley
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Classroom Workshop - K-12 Programs
School Day Performance
Photo credit: courtesy of artist
 

School Day Performance for K-12 Students

Banjo players Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn met at a square dance over 10 years ago and began playing music together ever since, touring the globe performing with musicians such as Chick Corea, Chris Thile and Wu Fei. Echo in the Valley is the follow-up to their acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the duo a 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. This time around, their mission was to take their double-banjo combination of three-finger and clawhammer (rhythmic strumming) styles to the next level. All of the musical sounds were created by them, and the only instruments used were banjos (they have seven between them, ranging from a ukulele to an upright bass banjo). Echo in the Valley connects us to our past through wild re-imaginings of traditional Appalachian tunes, with original songs inspired by a man who ferried Syrian refugees to safety and by Native American voices lamenting a distancing from nature.

Pre-and post-show workshops offered.

This workshop will focus on the unique beginnings of the banjo in connection with American History. The banjo’s roots originated with slaves from Africa who brought their music and instruments to the Americas. The banjo has since evolved to find a place in many styles from bluegrass to jazz to rock and roll. Students will have the opportunity to re-imagine their favorite contemporary songs in connection to the rich patchwork of American culture. This workshop makes connections to American History, Current Events, Music Education, and English Language Arts.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

PATRON SPONSOR

  • David and Phyllis Herzig Endowment Fund
2/7/19 11:00 AM
Hill Auditorium

Field Trip
Echo in the Valley
Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Classroom Workshop - K-12 Programs
School Day Performance

School Day Performance for K-12 Students

Banjo players Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn met at a square dance over 10 years ago and began playing music together ever since, touring the globe performing with musicians such as Chick Corea, Chris Thile and Wu Fei. Echo in the Valley is the follow-up to their acclaimed, self-titled debut that earned the duo a 2016 Grammy for Best Folk Album. This time around, their mission was to take their double-banjo combination of three-finger and clawhammer (rhythmic strumming) styles to the next level. All of the musical sounds were created by them, and the only instruments used were banjos (they have seven between them, ranging from a ukulele to an upright bass banjo). Echo in the Valley connects us to our past through wild re-imaginings of traditional Appalachian tunes, with original songs inspired by a man who ferried Syrian refugees to safety and by Native American voices lamenting a distancing from nature.

Pre-and post-show workshops offered.

This workshop will focus on the unique beginnings of the banjo in connection with American History. The banjo’s roots originated with slaves from Africa who brought their music and instruments to the Americas. The banjo has since evolved to find a place in many styles from bluegrass to jazz to rock and roll. Students will have the opportunity to re-imagine their favorite contemporary songs in connection to the rich patchwork of American culture. This workshop makes connections to American History, Current Events, Music Education, and English Language Arts.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

PATRON SPONSOR

  • David and Phyllis Herzig Endowment Fund
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