July 3rd, 2008 by Russ
We met with musician Bela Fleck and Director Sascha Paladino to talk about their project Throw Down Your Heart. Bela’s objective in the project was to return the banjo, which has had such an influence in his life, to its African roots, playing along the way with traditional musicians. Sascha was to chronical the journey in film and Bela was to be a musical ambassador. The film was beautifully done and the music amazing. Throw Down Your Heart won the 24 Beats Per Second Audience Award at this years SXSW Film Festival.
AUSTIN DAZE: You made a solo appearance at Maggie Mays, did you play any of the music from your experience in Africa?
BELA FLECK: Yeah, a little bit. I did some Tanzanian music and some things that I wrote both before and after I went to Africa. I just played. It’s funny, most of the music I played in Africa, I played along with them I didn’t always learn the melodies. I would jam along and they would play the melodies. In a lot of cases I would have to learn them that day, write them down, play them looking at the paper or from memory and then the next day I was on to something else. A lot of the music didn’t stay in my head. Now that the movie is out people want to hear me play all the stuff, so I have to pull it together. I worked on a couple of the tunes to play at the show, but I would like to develop a significant live repertoire from the movie.
AD: Sascha, how did the experience of making this film compare to the shorts you have made? Read the rest of this entry »
March 13th, 2008 by Erock
Throw Down Your Heart is a wonderful film musical adventure and discovery by Sascha Paladino and Bela Fleck. Bela Fleck, renown banjo player of The Flecktones fame, takes the banjo back to explore its African roots and along the way meets and jams with incredible traditional African musicians. His goal was to present the modern banjo to its homeland and reestablish its relationship with its history. Bela serves as not only an ambassador of western culture and the banjo, but through this film also serves as an ambassador of the traditional music from the east. The movie places the viewer right in the music creating an intimate atmosphere as if sitting alongside the musicians as they play. The sound and images are wonderful and of course the music is amazing. Thank you Bela and Sascha for taking us along on the trip in Throw Down Your Heart. Great flick!!!!
Look for our interview with Sascha Paladino and Bela Fleck.
August 29th, 2006 by admin
[fa:p:a=72157594270496732,id=235372854,j=r,s=s,l=p]We met up again with Bela Fleck on the first day at sea. He remembered us from the interview at Old Settler’s last year. We had a short conversation and hit on some key points. By the third day of the cruise we bumped into him a number of times. The Flecktones played two unstoppable shows on the main stage. They also played individually and with various combinations at many other times on the ship.
AUSTIN DAZE: So what do you think of Jam Cruise?
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August 29th, 2006 by admin
[fa:p:a=72157594267830938,id=235372854,j=r,s=s,l=p]ONE OF THE PERKS OF THIS OCCUPATION IS THAT WE HAVE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SIT DOWN AND CHAT WITH SOME OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE. BéLA FLECK IS A MUSICAL GENIUS. WHAT HE HAS DONE WITH THE BANJO IS AMAZING, ALMOST INTERPLANETARY. WHENEVER I SEE HIM PLAY, IT IS ALWAZE AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE. HIS MUSIC REALLY KNOWS NO BOUNDS. HE HAS TRANSCENDED BLUEGRASS AND TAKEN HIS BANJO ALL OVER THE WORLD INTO COUNTLESS SOUNDS AND CULTURES. WHAT HE DOES IN THE JAZZ WORLD WITH HIS BAND THE FLECKTONES IS NOTHING SHORT OF AMAZING. HE IS THE BEST AT WHAT HE DOES ON THIS PLANET. THAT MIGHT SEEM LIKE A TALL CLAIM UNTIL YOU HAVE HEARD HIM JAM. THEN IT IS HARD TO DISPUTE. AND TO THINK IT WAS THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES THAT SPARKED HIS INTEREST IN THE BANJO. Read the rest of this entry »