Coming soon: Béla Fleck documentary at Tivoli Cinemas
Here’s something to look forward to: director Sascha Paladino’s documentary Throw Down Your Heart , now on the art-house-and-PBS circuit, in which banjo genius Béla Fleck goes to Africa to trace his instrument’s roots. The film opens for a week at Tivoli Cinemas (4050 Pennsylvania, 913-383-7756) on Friday, April 10.
Writing for The Pitch’s sister paper the Nashville Scene, Jack Silverman says of the doc:
There are some truly stunning musical moments, including scenes of Fleck jamming with astounding Malian guitarist Djelimady Tounkara and engaging in a John Lee Hooker-worthy blues duel with n’goni master Bassekou Kouyate. Director Sascha Paladino wisely keeps the focus on the African musicians, and the sound recording is superb, capturing thumb pianos, akonting, kamelengoni, drums and enormous marimbas in all their rough-hewn glory.