WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE Presents Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal, Today

WORLD MUSIC INSTITUTE continues its new Collaborations series with Ballaké Sissoko
& Vincent Ségal. This unconventional but highly popular duo is comprised of Mali's kora master and the French cellist with a trip-hop background, Friday, March 3, 2017, 8:00 p.m. at French Institute Alliance Française, Florence Gould Hall, 22 East 60th Street. Tickets: $35;

Co-presented with French Institute Alliance Française

When Ballake? Sissoko and Vincent Se?gal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music world by surprise. Everything about this duo was unexpected: the Malian master of the kora; the French classically trained cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop; and the elegant, soulful music they made together. Sissoko and Se?gal have created their own cross-cultural hybrid tradition, one that draws on the ancient well of West African troubadour songs, the rich heritage of Baroque music, and an elusive but somehow clearly modern sensibility. In 2015, these two masters returned with Musique de Nuit ("Night Music")-an album even more spellbinding than its predecessor.

A pre-performance Q&A at 7:00 p.m. with the artists will be moderated by music writer and producer Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide.


This performance is part of World Music Institute's new Collaborations series, which presents cross-cultural musical explorations. It explores the ways that the music of artists from one culture have influenced the music of another, or the ways in which music of seemingly widely varying cultures can be strikingly similar or complementary.

The Collaborations series debuted in November and December 2016 with two events at National Sawdust: the first-ever juxtaposition of Meredith Monk and Ani Choying Drolma, and a historic Steve Reich celebration with Ghanaian master drummer Gideon Alorwoyie and Mantra Percussion. The final concert of the series will reunite Philip Glass & Foday Musa Suso on Sunday, March 12 at National Sawdust, part of the Glass@80 celebration around the globe.

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