Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Segal - Chamber Music

2011; 10 tracks

Here is an excellent example of Western and Eastern styles of music blending to create a wholly unique and wonderful sound. Ballaké Sissoko is a noted Malinese player of the kora, which is a magical (not REALLY, but it sounds like it) West African harp producing a sound akin to plucking piano or violin strings. He was born into the griot caste, and it was traditional for him to learn how to play the kora at a young age. Vincent Segal, on the other hand, is a French cellist who grew up learning his instrument at the conservatory. The two create otherworldly-sounding pieces where the souls of the two instruments dance as if they were created to only be played together. Both performers are extremely connected with the music they perform, and this connection brings about only the most true of listening experiences.



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