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Abigail Washburn & Wu Fei Performance

Abigail Washburn & Wu Fei
A World of Music Series

Date & Price

Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 8:00 pm

Exhibition Hall


Reserved Seating: $38

Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members: $32*

Ticket includes all-day Gardens Admission


Tickets limited. Sell out likely.

Longwood Debut

An entirely unique banjo-guzheng duo bonded by their bicultural sisterhood, Grammy Award-winning artist Abigail Washburn and zither master Wu Fei sing and perform original compositions inspired by weaving together Appalachian and Chinese folk songs.  

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More about Abigail Washburn 

Abigail Washburn is a Grammy Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, and clawhammer banjo player based in Nashville, TN. A Mandarin Chinese speaker, Washburn regularly toured China for 20 years, including a month­-long tour of China’s Silk Road supported by grants from the US Embassy, Beijing. Washburn’s musical projects range from her string band, Uncle Earl, to her bilingual releases Song of the Traveling Daughter (2005) and City of Refuge (2011), to the mind­-bending “chamber roots” sound of the Sparrow Quartet (featuring Béla Fleck, Casey Driessen, and Ben Sollee), to Afterquake, her fundraiser CD for Sichuan earthquake victims. Her most recent record with her husband, Béla Fleck, won a 2016 Grammy Award for Best Folk Album. Washburn is a TED Fellow and gave a talk at the 2012 TED Convention in Long Beach titled Building US-China Relations…by Banjo where she spoke about her true story of shifting from a future in law to a pursuit of musical bridging. In March 2013, she was commissioned by New York Voices and the NY Public Theater to write and debut a theatrical work, Post­-American Girl, which drew from her then 17­-year relationship with China and addressed themes of expanding identity, cultural relativism, pilgrimage, and the universal appeal of music. 

Find out more on her website.

More about Wu Fei

Native to Beijing, Wu Fei is a current Nashville, TN resident and a master of the guzheng, the ancient 21-string Chinese zither. She was trained as a classical composer and vocalist, and plays beautifully in the guzheng's vernacular–a musical language at least 2,000 years old. She mixes her Western and Chinese traditional sensibilities with a contemporary idiosyncratic and experimental dialect nurtured by years spent at Mills College and immersed in the New York downtown improvisation scene. Fei composes for choir, string quartet, chamber ensemble, Balinese gamelan, and orchestra; her commissions range from a composition for Percussions Claviers de Lyon that premiered in the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing to live performances for luxury brand Hermès in Paris and Tokyo. Fei has collaborated with many artists of different disciplines and genres ranging from Béla Fleck to avant-garde composer John Zorn. She has taken her guzheng and music around the world. Touring highlights include the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, the MoMA in New York City, North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Vossa Jazz Festival in Norway, Europalia in Belgium, and the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN. Fei was recently commissioned by Intersection Ensemble in Nashville, TN to create a new work for guzheng, voice, and western chamber ensemble titled If I Was A Batman Queen.

Find out more on her website. 

*Gardens Preferred & Gardens Premium Member Discount 
Gardens Preferred and Gardens Premium Members receive up to 15% off 2018–2019 Performance Series tickets and receive access to the Member Pre-sale. If you are eligible, your discount code was provided to you via e-mail. Use the discount code to unlock your Membership pricing.