Two innovative instrumental masters, kora player Yacouba Sissoko and guitarist Derek Gripper, will share their approach to collaboration and teach some of the techniques they employ in their musical dialogue. Bring your guitar or kora, or just come to listen. All are welcome!
Born in Mali to a well-known djely family, Yacouba Sissoko is a master of the kora and its oral traditions, and has absorbed many new influences to create his unique style. He has performed, toured and recorded with well-known African musicians such as Baaba Maal, Sekou (Bambino) Diabate and Kerfala Kante, and with Harry Belafonte, Paul Simon, and Lauryn Hill.
Derek Gripper is known for his groundbreaking technique for evoking the West African kora on the guitar. He has transcribed the complex music of Malian kora player Toumani Diabaté for guitar and infuses his interpretations of Bach’s music with lessons from the oral traditions of Africa. He has performed with Toumani Diabaté’s Symmetric Orchestra and classical guitar legend John Williams, and tours worldwide.
Masking and proof of vaccination or negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours is required to attend.
For more information, contact:
Ben Frandzel, firstname.lastname@example.org, (650) 736-8768
Generously supported by the California Arts Council, WESTAF (the Western States Arts Federation), and the National Endowment for the Arts.