Bela Fleck and the Flecktones formed in 1990. The music is original mixing a wide array of genres including jazz, classical, bluegrass and blues. The musical super group consisting of Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, Futureman and Howard Levy are currently on tour with stops in Boulder at the Boulder Theater on Saturday, April 7th and in Denver at the Ogden Theater on Sunday, April 8th.
Victor Wooten is one of the most innovative bass players in the world today, as well as an author and teacher. He is the youngest of five boys, born into a close and loving musical family. Music began early for him, as he started learning music at the extremely young age of two. In 2011, Rolling Stone Magazine named him as one of the top ten bassists of all time. In a recent interview, Wooten talked about music and what he has in store for music fans.
It has been fifteen years since Wooten released his debut solo album A Show of Hands. He was thinking about releasing another solo album but finally decided on releasing a 15th anniversary edition of his debut album. “There were two reasons why I decided to release this. First, I now have my own record label, and second, its been fifteen years and I have new fans who have been turned on by my later music,” Wooten explained. The recently released CD has been remastered and features three bonus tracks.
Wooten has some advice for aspiring music aspiring musicians: “Be honest in your pursuits…it’s not only about the music, but about who you are as a person,” he offered. He learned a lot from his mother who greatly influenced him as a person as well as a musician.
Wooten had many great successes up to this point. One of his biggest has included being a founding member of the musical super group, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. The Flecktones have been together for over twenty years, and the musicians have grown both personally and professionally. “We’ve all had so many musical experiences outside of the Flecktones and it has all influenced each of us to where we each have more to offer,” Wooten said about the difference of performing together now versus at the beginning of the band.
Many great things are in store for Wooten fans. SMV, his musical project which includes himself, and fellow bassists Stanley Clarke and Marcus Miller, is making a return with one show being played at the end of May at the Montreal Jazz Festival, and he is hopeful that it will kick off more SMV tour dates in the near future.
Wooten has a message to fans: “I’m releasing my own records now and I could use your support. I can’t do it without you and I promise great music.”
Wooten also hosts music and nature camps through October at Wooten Woods Retreat near Nashville, Tennessee. There are several different camps to choose from and he is always there throughout the camps.
For more information about Victor: www.victorwooten.com
Bela Fleck and the Flecktones: Bela Fleck (banjo, composer, bandleader), Victor Wooten (bass), Futureman (drums, percussion) and Howard Levy (piano, harmonica)
For more information: www.flecktones.com