A MUSICAL JOURNEY FROM THE ORIENT TO THE NEW WORLD THROUGH AFRICA
Everywhere, from time immemorial, the Word has been embodied by the bard, the troubadour, the griot. These wordsmiths, at once messengers and peacemakers, are the links with the forces of nature, the inexpressible divine, the memory of the ancients. It falls to them to maintain the realm of the collective soul.
Nowadays, these freethinkers and travellers are making the world their garden… Like Constantinople’s musicians and Ablaye Cissoko, griot from Saint-Louis, Senegal, all eternally migrating birds. This meeting between Ablaye and Constantinople, between strings and vocals, goes back in time to evoke the beauty of being. It is a joint passage through the common sites of the imagination, like a long breath before the inexorable march of the world and time.
From the start, this dialogue between the kora and the setar seemed to come from the depths of the earth, as though these instruments, along with the viola da gamba and percussion, had always existed side by side. This natural symbiosis gave us wings to fly towards distant horizons, and our music has been heard over one hundred time in various festivals and halls around the world.
This exceptional harmony that exists today between our music and our selves has allowed us to create works inspired by our inner gardens and shared voyages, which we present to you with this concert.
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Kiya Tabassian Setar & Artistic director
Ablaye Cissoko Kora, voice
Pierre-Yves Martel Viola da gamba, double-bass
Patrick Graham Percussions
Traversées in concerts
24.09.2021 – Mandinka Pilgrimages, Kay Meek Arts Centre, Vancouver (Canada)
25.09.2021 – Mandinka Pilgrimages, Christchurch Cathedral, Victoria (Canada)
28.09.2021 – Mandinka Pilgrimages, Grand Théâtre de Québec, Quebec (Canada)
30.09.2021 – Mandinka Pilgrimages, Remai Arts Centre, Saskatoon (Canada)
02.10.2021 – Mandinka Pilgrimages, Bourgie Hall, Montreal (Canada)
30.10.2021 – Traversées, Au tour des cordes, Saint-Louis (Senegal)
13.11.2021 –Traversées, De Warande, Turnhout (Belgium)
16.11.2021 – Traversées, Institut français de Casablanca (Morocco)
15.05.2022 – Traversées, Riga (Latvia)
18.05.2022 – Traversées, Classical:NEXT, Hanover (Germany)
20.05.2022 – Traversées, Vilnius (Lithuania)
21.05.2022 – Traversées, Plunge (Lithuania)
23.05.2022 – Traversées, Vilnius (Lithuania)
24.05.2022 – Traversées, Kaunas (Lithuania)
08.07.2022 –Traversées, Musicales de Redon, Redon (France)
17.07.2022 –Traversées, Abbaye de Sylvanès, Sylvanès (France)
30.07.2022 –Traversées, Mainzer Musiksommer, Mainz (Germany)