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Béla Fleck        

Banjo Artist; 15-Time Grammy Winner

Béla Fleck is a 15-time Grammy winner, a legendary banjo player known for his virtuosic compositions. Béla Fleck is a legend of the modern banjo -- pulling contemporary sounds out of an instrument with a long lineage. Within the TED community, he's also notable as the husband of TED Fellow Abigail Washburn, a singer-songwriter who uses the banjo to bridge cultural divides. The two have been married since 2009 but only played together casually at a party here, a benefit show there. With the birth of their son in 2014, they decided to record an album as a duo. Using seven banjos in all — including a specially commissioned baritone banjo — Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn weave together the same instrument in different registers, giving new meaning to the words “Dueling Banjos.”

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