Ballaké Sissoko & Vincent Ségal

Thursday, November 2, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Museum Members receive a 10% ticket discount

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When Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music world by surprise. Everything about this duo is unexpected: the Malian master of the traditional harp, or kora; the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop; and the elegant, soulful music they make together. Now, these two sonic voyagers have returned with Musique de Nuit (“Night Music”) – an album which may not have the same element of surprise, but which may be even more spellbinding than its predecessor.

After years of touring together, Sissoko and Ségal have created their own 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.


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Ballaké Sissoko

Ballaké Sissoko

Ten fingers for twenty-one strings, and magic takes place, surely, calmly. Ballaké Sissoko enlaces us in his suave and crystalline sonority and his kora, magnified by his talent as a melodist and an improviser.

Ballaké Sissoko is the son of Djelimady Sissoko, a great master of the Manding Kora, a twenty-one-stringed harp whose crystalline sound has conquered the international public. Ballaké is one of the best Kora players of the new generation. He started learning the instrument at a very young age with his father. Having played with the prestigious Ensemble Instrumental du Mali and accompanied many female Malian singers, he earned his reputation by performing solo, in a duo with Toumani Diabate, with Taj Mahal, and with a number of other musicians.


Vincent Ségal

Vincent Ségal

Vincent Segal is a French cellist who lives in Paris. While training classically at conservatory, he immersed himself in a variety of music traditions, such as improvisation, rock, jazz, Indian and folk. In 1999 he formed Bumcello, a duo band with Cyril Atef, with whom he has recorded seven albums. In 2006 they won a French Grammy Award for Best Dance/Electronic album. He has played and recorded with a variety of artists such as Blackalicious, Nana Vasconcelos, Cesaria Evora, Brigitte Fontaine, Sting,Marianne Faithfull, Elvis Costello and Ballake Sissoko. He has played solo cello for several movie soundtracks such as Lust, Caution, directed by Ang Lee, and The Painted Veil, directed by John Curran, which won a Golden Globe™ for Best Original Score by Alexandre Desplat. Mr. Segal is the composer of original music for many films, including I Am Josh Polonski’s Brother directed by Rafael Nadjari and Je suis heureux que ma mère soit vivante directed by Claude Miller.

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