Bela Fleck Concert Report

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Bela Fleck Concert This past week, I watched a concert performed by Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The style of music was very different from what I am used to, but I was pleasantly surprised at how well the band played. The concert was held at the Quick Center for the Arts and seemed very informal. There were several times where audience members clapped, cheered, or stood up. The concert hall appeared to be a formal concert hall. It was very dark in the hall with most of the light coming from the stage. The backdrop to the stage was very cool because it looked like a starry night. The concert was a recording so I am not sure when it took place. The band had four main members: Bela Fleck, Jeff Coffin, Victor Wooten, and Roy Wooten. However, they brought in several different instrumentalists for each song. The majority…show more content…
I thought they were most similar to a jazz band, but they did things that a lot of different styles don’t do in America. For instance, they had a Steel drum song, a tabla, and the Tuvan throat singer. The most peculiar instrument, I thought, was the drumitar made by future man. At first, I didn’t know what it was; it looked too big to be a keyboard. Adding it all together, it felt like each sound worked together to get this awesome combination of sounds. Most of their songs sounded homophonic, but obviously, the song Amazing Grace was monophonic. I wasn’t sure if Ovambo Summit was monophonic because there were some vocals but those weren’t played throughout the song. Also, many of their songs seemed to switch from monophony to homophony to polyphony during different sections. A lot of the songs had a fast rhythm but there were a few slow ones such as Lover’s leap, especially during the steel drum solo that made me feel peaceful and like I could float off into dreams. I noticed a lot of Call and Response between the horns section in several of the songs such as Zona Mona and Hall of

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