Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer: Three Virtuosos at UCLA's Royce Hall
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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As always our seats were fine and there was no problem with the crowded Will Call line.! And we were so glad we were able to get seats through you because the place was packed.
Gold Star gets four gold stars from us. Sondra Sprung and pal
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See and hear the trio in concert at the UCLA Live website.
All virtuosos on their respective instruments, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer move with ease among the musical arenas of bluegrass, world and classical. Fleck virtually reinvented the image of the banjo: he’s been nominated in more different Grammy categories than anyone in history, winning eight times. Stellar bassist, composer and MacArthur Award-winner Meyer has carved out a singular niche, recording with leading classical performers and adding to the repertoire of his often-overlooked instrument. The classical tabla playing of Hussain has made him a national treasure in his native India and a leader in world music globally. These three perform live together for the first time on this concert tour featuring original music from a forthcoming CD.