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Fleck doc world premieres in Nashville

Friday, April 11, 2014 – The world premiere of Béla Fleck's full-length documentary, "How to Write a Banjo Concerto" will premiere April 19 at the Nashville Film Festival.

Directed by Sascha Paladino and Fleck, the film looks at the banjo player's creative process and relationships, including lifelong friend and colleague Edgar Meyer, his hero Earl Scruggs (making one of his last on-camera appearances and to whom the concerto is dedicated), wife Abigail Washburn, mentor Tony Trischka, Chris Thile, Chick Corea and Béla Bartok.

"The fact that I had no qualifications whatsoever as a classical composer didn't seem to bother the symphony, and honestly it bothered me only a little," said Fleck. "I've always enjoyed dreaming up challenging scenarios, and then digging deep and working obsessively to attempt to pull them off."

Fleck and the 90-piece Nashville Symphony Orchestra world premiered "The Impostor" concerto to a sold out audience in September, 2011.

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