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JPR Live Session: Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

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Both Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn have taken the banjo to new heights; Washburn through her innovative collaborations with Chinese musicians, and Fleck through a multitude of projects ranging from classical concerti to his exploration of the African roots of the instrument. As a duo, they've worked to merge their different styles of playing into a unique sound heard on their latest album Echo In The Valley.

In the world of banjo music, Béla Fleck truly has no equal.  He's a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has been nominated in more categories than any other musician.  He's composed three banjo concertos, transcribed and performed solo J.S. Bach, ventured in to the world of jazz with Chick Corea, conquered traditional bluegrass, and has collaborated with a vertitable who's who of music.

Abigail Washburn has forged a unique and creative path blending traditional American folk music with the sounds of Chinese music and language, releasing Chinese/English bi-lingual world/folk music recordings, and performing with the difficult to classify Sparrow Quartet alongside Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen.

The two visited Ashland for a sold-out One World concert at the SOU Music Recital Hall in Ashland.


JPR Live Sessions are recorded with Audix microphones. Located in Wilsonville, Oregon, Audix designs, engineers, and manufactures high performing, innovative products that contribute to the advancement of the professional audio industry.

As FM Network Program Director and Music Director, Eric oversees many aspects of JPR's broadcast day. He still hosts the occasional Open Air or classical music shift, and is the driving force behind JPR Live Sessions - our popular series of live in-studio music performances and conversations.