(This presentation is a change to our original programme. We wish Solo Cissokho every best wish as he recovers from illness.)
VENUE: Bray Town Hall. Tickets on the door.
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The universality of music, across cultures and continents is the theme of this double-bill of recitals by two leading exponents of traditional stringed instruments from opposite ends of our world – Lithuania, on The Baltic, and Senegal, West Africa.
The presentation will offer audiences two separate recitals by leading singers and players from their distinct traditions. Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė is a folk singer and master of the kanklés, a medieval box zither from this region of Europe’s far north.
Her songs are tender, melancholic, and touching, folk stories on universal themes, from her homeland in Lithuania.
Kadialy was born in Kolda, Senegal, into a family of griot ‘diali’s’ oral traditional storytellers from the Mandinka culture.
Brought up in such a historical family, he started to play kora at an early age. Kadialy Kouyate has recorded with Mumford & Sons and Baaba Maal as well as headlining WOMAD world music festival with Baaba Maal.
The Mandinka kora is traditionally African, and is a unique harp-like instrument with 21 strings. The kanklės belong to the zither family, which means that their strings are parallel to the soundboard. The body is made from one trapezoidal piece of linden tree, ash tree, oak, maple or black alder, which is hollowed out to create a cavity.
“Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyate showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerising instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice, to create a Toumani Diabate-meets-Youssou N’Dour sound" – Songlines
Kadialy Kouyate ( Senegal ) – kora, vocal
Indrė Jurgelevičiūtė ( Lithuania ) – kanklės, vocal
‘“Senegalese kora virtuoso/singer Kadialy Kouyate showcases his fleet-fingered skills on this mesmerising instrument, complementing it with his hauntingly, darkly beautiful voice, to create a Toumani Diabate-meets-Youssou N’Dour sound"’Songlines