September 22, 2009

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By Kathryn Kopchik

LEWISBURG, Pa. — Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer will perform on Friday, Oct. 2, at 8 p.m. in the Weis Center at Bucknell University. Tickets are $35.

The tour is in celebration of the recent release of the trio's new recording, "The Melody of Rhythm," which is available on E1 Music CDs and Digital Recordings.

"These three guys are individually the best in world on their respective instruments. They easily move among many genres including classical, bluegrass and world music," said Bill Boswell, executive director of the Weis Center.

"Béla Fleck has been to the Weis Center several times, once recently in duet with Edgar Meyer," he said. "Fleck is one of a rare breed who goes where his wide musical curiosity leads him. He never gets comfortable doing one thing, playing one kind of music. This tour came out of his work with Indian music, and this spring he comes back with African musicians. I am delighted to be able to bring this incredible musician here."

Unparalleled collaboration
"The Melody of Rhythm" is an unparalleled collaboration between banjo virtuoso Béla Fleck, composer and double-bass master Edgar Meyer, and Zakir Hussain, arguably the world's greatest tabla player.

Fleck, considered "America's most celebrated banjoist" (LA Times) holds the record for being the artist nominated in the greatest number of Grammy categories. Zakir has been praised by the New York Times as "peerless ... a fearsome technician but also a whimsical inventor." Meyer has been hailed by the New Yorker as "the most remarkable virtuoso in the relatively unchronicled history of his instrument."

Fleck and Meyer have been collaborating for more than 25 years, including "Music For Two" and the Grammy-winning "Perpetual Motion."

Zakir Hussain is a classical tabla virtuoso of the highest order. His consistently brilliant performances have established him as a national treasure in his own country, India, and earned him worldwide fame. A chief architect of the contemporary world music movement, Zakir's contributions have been unique.

Ticket information
Tickets for this Weis Center series performance are available in person from the Campus Box Office in the Weis Center weekdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. or at the Bucknell University Bookstore on the ground floor of the Elaine Langone Center weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets are available by calling 570-577-1000 or visiting The box office in the Weis Center lobby opens one hour prior to performances.

This performance has been made possible in part by a generous contribution from Phyllis and Norman Rich. The 2009-10 season of Weis Center Events is generously supported by grants from the Bucknell University Association for the Arts and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts in conjunction with the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. Additional support for the series is provided by numerous and generous private donors including members of the Weis Center Green Room Circle and Green Room Board.

For more information about events in the Weis Center Series, visit

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