Banjo Workshop with Richard Ciferský, UNC Chapel Hill, Person Recital Hall, Chapel Hill, NC
Richard Ciferský, born in Pezinok, Slovakia, first encountered bluegrass through a scout troop. His first instrument was a guitar, but he soon switched to banjo and started playing in bands. Richard has toured in Europe and the US and recorded with artists including The Chapmans, Dale Ann Bradley, and Valerie Smith. Fluent in both traditional and progressive styles, his technique is dazzling, and his soulful expression runs deep. Banjoist Alison Brown has praised Ciferský for his “truly remarkable” knowledge of this uniquely American music form, and describes him as “one of the leading banjo players in the world.” Bill Chapman of The Chapmans has said that Richard’s “playing is both technical and artistic, based on a solid traditional and ‘Scruggs’ foundation, but also incorporating creative ideas that are unique and original.”
This event is a part of a residency featuring Richard, Dr. Lee Bidgood, and the film Banjo Romantika at UNC-Chapel Hill -
sponsored by the UNC Music Department and the Carolina Bluegrass Initiative (as well as the Slavic Studies program and the Southern Folklife Collection). Lee and Richard will be visiting with students and faculty, and will perform as Lee Bidgood & Richard Ciferský, the Banjo Romantika Band on Friday 2/9/18 at vimala's Curryblossom Cafe at 7pm; events culminate on Saturday 2/10/2018 with a screening of Banjo Romantika at 4pm followed by Q&A with Lee and Richard.