The five-time GRAMMY award-winning bass player, producer, composer, author, and educator, and founding member of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, is touring in support of TRYPNOTYX, his 10th solo album, and first in five years, out September 8.
Produced by Wooten, the album features legendary drummer Dennis Chambers and veteran saxophonist Bob Franceschini, who are on tour with him playing as a trio.
Named “one of the Top 10 Bassists of All Time” by Rolling Stone, he has been voted “Bassist of the Year” three times by Bass Player magazine reader’s poll, and in February 2017 Huffington Post named him one of “50 Iconic Black Trailblazers,” pictured just after President Barack Obama.
From the sizzling “Funky D,” which features Winslow’s voice and sound effects and recalls the night a kindergarten-aged Wooten saw the Godfather of soul on stage for the first time, to “Cupid,” which features bucolic textures, a sylvan flute, and spoken word exchanges with Wooten and his children, themes from his life thread through the album, tying virtuoso performance and life experience together.
“Music is a great way – and a safe way – to teach just about any life principle,” Wooten insists. “To be in a band, you have to listen to each other. Bands are at their best when every instrument is different, not the same. Everyone takes turns talking. Everyone speaks their voice. A lot of times musicians might ask, ‘What would you like me to play?’ I say, “Listen to the music. The music will tell you exactly what it needs.”
As an author, he penned a novel, “The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search For Growth through Music,” which is now part of the curriculum at The Berklee College of Music, where he is a performance scholar in residence, Stanford University, and other prestigious institutions.
Not only an accomplished musician, Wooten is also an acrobat, magician, and a skilled naturalist, who created Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature, a 147-acre retreat in Tennessee for people of all ages.
And, he sometimes gives commencement speeches, like this one in June 2016 at University of Vermont, Rubenstein School: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_3u41KI57E
The youngest of five boys, Wooten began playing music at two years old, and was playing gigs by the tender age of five with the family band, the Wooten Brothers, opening for Curtis Mayfield and War, among others. He first “wowed music heads” nationwide (Kansas City Star) in 1987, as a founding member of Béla Fleck & The Flecktones.
Not only an accomplished musician, Wooten is also an acrobat, magician, and skilled naturalist, who created Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature, a 147-acre retreat in Tennessee for people of all ages. As an author, he penned a novel, The Music Lesson: A Spiritual Search For Growth through Music, which is now part of the curriculum at The Berklee College of Music, where he is a performance scholar in residence, Stanford University, and other prestigious institutions.
VICTOR WOOTEN TRIO TOUR
October 26 – The Ark – Ann Arbor, MI
October 27 – Rex Theater – Pittsburgh, PA
October 28 – Woodlands Tavern – Columbus, OH
October 29 – C2G Music Hall – Fort Wayne, IN
October 30 – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY
November 1 – The Blue Note – Columbia, MO
November 2 – The Vogue – Indianapolis, IN
November 3 – Songbird Guitar Museum – Chattanooga, TN
November 4 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
November 5 – City Winery – Chicago, IL
November 7 – Madrid Theater – Kansas City, MO
November 8 – Gothic Theatre – Denver, CO
November 9 – Caribou Room – Nederland, CO
December 8-9 – The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA
December 10 – The Egg – Albany, NY
December 11 – Higher Ground Ballroom – South Burlington, VT
December 12 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
December 13 – Towne Crier – Beacon, NY
December 14 – Anthology – Rochester, NY
December 15 – Keswick Theatre – Glenside, PA
December 16 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
VICTOR WOOTEN’S CENTER FOR MUSIC & NATURE
July 18 – VixCamps Music/Nature Camp – Nashville, TN
July 24 – VixCamps Composing, Arranging and Performance (C.A.P.) Camp – Nashville, TN
August 27 – VixCamps Spirit of Music Camp – Nashville, TN
September 1 – Theory Weekend – Nashville, TN