This piece is the culmination of many years of getting up the nerve to see if I could write for banjo and orchestra.
Nashville Symphony gave me the opportunity and a good motivating push to do it by commissioning me to write the piece.
After writing a couple of these pieces with my genius pal Edgar Meyer, and one with he and Zakir Hussain(also a genius), it was time to see if I had anything musical to say without them, in this arena. Fortunately the folks at Deutche Grammophone thought I did, and put the record out. It’s released on August 13th, 2013. There’s an elephant on the cover of the cd, so if you are looking for banjo concertos and you want to get mine, look for the elephant.