Futureman | Silverman
Thriving Communities Projects
Tracy Silverman’s groundbreaking work with the 6-string electric violin synthesizes his eclectic background in classical, rock, jazz and world music into a genre-bending performance of stylistic breadth and emotional depth. Equally eclectic is his longtime musical partner, renowned composer, innovator and five-time GRAMMY-winning percussionist Roy “Futureman” Wooten (of Bela Fleck & the Flecktones). Together they present arrangements of electric violin works written for Silverman by John Adams, Terry Riley, Kenji Bunch, Nico Muhly, and Silverman himself, as well as original compositions and a few “de-rangements” of Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Bach and others.
Tracy and Roy create musical threads that are woven together in real time in a kind of musical dance. They build upon each others' strengths, with empathy, respect, and delight to create a whole that is much greater than the sum of its parts.
What are the threads in your community—your classroom, school, or town—that when woven together make your community thrive?
Roy and Tracy will join the PDL for a workshop exploring their creative process to inform and inspire our project designs.
Roy and Tracy will return in the spring of 2025 to visit schools and collaborate on project culminating events.
“Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own.”
— LA TIMES
“Fleet agility with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix.”
— NEW YORK TIMES