American Voices: Pop/Rock Master Session with Ben Folds and Sara Bareilles
Ben Folds first found mainstream success as the leader of the critically acclaimed, platinum-selling Ben Folds Five. He has gone on to have a very successful solo career, recording multiple studio albums, a pair of records documenting his renowned live performances, a remix record, music for film and TV, as well as numerous collaborations with artists from Sara Bareilles to William Shatner.
In 2012, Folds reunited with the Ben Folds Five and released a new album The Sound of the Life of the Mind. The band continues to tour the world in 2013, and just released their first LIVE album Ben Folds Five LIVE this summer.
Folds has also achieved critical acclaim for his insight as a judge on NBC's a cappella competition The Sing-Off.
A Nashville resident, he owns and operates the historic RCA Studio A, where legends of all genres of music-from Elvis Presley to the Monkees, Eddy Arnold to Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett to the Beach Boys-have recorded.
Folds, who serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Nashville Symphony, is currently composing a piano concerto which he will debut in 2014 as a part of a global symphonic tour. He has also enjoyed a special relationship with symphony musicians, having performed with some of the world's greatest orchestras.
A member of the distinguished Artist Committee for Americans for The Arts, Folds is also an outspoken advocate for music therapy and music education.
The pianist plays his entire new concerto in a concert featuring a fresh mix of classic and modern sounds, multimedia, audience interaction, and pre-/post-activities. Bring drinks/snacks into the concert and dress to move!