Three brilliant, virtuoso musicians and certified mavericks who regularly take their instruments into unprecedented territory, Béla Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer again have scaled new heights with their latest project, a triple concerto called "The Melody of Rhythm." Fleck, who has plucked his banjo in more musical genres than most people can name, and Meyer, the marvelously versatile double bassist and cellist, have collaborated on increasingly intriguing material for several decades. When the Nashville Symphony asked them to write a piece for the opening of its new home, they recruited Hussain, renowned master of the Indian tabla. The resulting composition, recorded last year with the Detroit Symphony conducted by former Nashville leader Leonard Slatkin, is an elegantly sweeping piece that blithely embraces elements of bluegrass, Indian folk and classical, Appalachian folk, jazz, avant-garde, and western classical, emerging as something unique that hangs together beautifully. The Melody of Rhythm album is rounded out with six additional pieces, recorded without the orchestra and emphasizing an improvisational jazz approach that still scampers across vast musical terrain.
Mon., June 28, 7:30 p.m., 2010