University of Richmond

The Modlin Center presents Chick Corea and Bla Fleck

February 9, 2007

Returning to the Modlin Center are two of the most popular acts ever to take its stage. Bla Fleck and Chick Corea return to the Modlin Center on Wednesday, February 28 at 7:30 and 9:30 pm in Camp Concert Hall. Touring together for the first time, these two master musicians weave duets out of staggering virtuosity, creating mind-blowing magic performances.

Bla Fleck is considered the world's premier banjo player. He lives to improvise and loves to work with unexpected musical fusions. Chick Corea's career is the stuff of jazz lore, a fusion of influential, limit-stretching, genre-bending musical experiences that have garnered him 12 Grammy awards and legions of fans worldwide.

Considering the staggering volume of his recorded output over the past 40 years, it is no overstatement to call Chick Corea one of the most prolific composers of the second half of the 20th century. Chick has touched an astonishing number of musical bases in his illustrious career while maintaining a standard of excellence that is simply uncanny. His groundbreaking band Return To Forever launched the fusion era of the '70s. His work with flamenco great Paco de Lucia led to the formation of Touchstone, a band whose fiery Latinismo music has bridged the world of flamenco and jazz.

In high school, Bla Fleck began his experimentation by playing bebop on the banjo. His "blu-bop" mix of jazz and bluegrass with his Flecktones was an unexpected commercial success, as well as critically-acclaimed and award-winning. Fleck has won eight Grammys and is the only musician to be nominated for Grammys in jazz, bluegrass, pop, country, gospel, composition and world music categories.

The relaxed and inspiring attitude that these performers bring to the stage is sure to delight audiences young and old. Their premiere virtuosity in their respective instruments, while magnificent alone, is magnified in their duo performance. "Corea possesses a virtuoso command of the keyboard and the heavy heart of a romantic," says the Philadelphia Inquirer. "Fleck is a master of the banjo...His playing is technically perfect, whether he's picking bluegrass or effortlessly running scales for jazz and classical," raves the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

Both shows are currently sold out but a limited number of stand by tickets will be issued the night of the performance. Contact the Modlin Center Box Office at (804) 289-8980 with any questions.

Visit Chick Corea on the Web.

Visit Bla Fleck on the Web.