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‘Chamber Music’ is out today! Free Download
January 11, 2011, 7:11 pm
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Sissoko/Segal (Chamber Music) – “Chamber Music” Free Download (Click on down Arrow)

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Chamber Music is largely a duo project, with the occasional guest adding percussion, voice or other strings to vary the texture. But even when it’s just Sissoko and Ségal, there’s a surprising array of moods. The title track actually sounds somewhat reminiscent of Western chamber music – there’s a rhapsodic introduction on the kora, then a stately chord progression and a graceful melody shared by both instruments. The cello, when played pizzicato, or plucked like a bass, proves to be a wonderful foil for the kora.

Much of this Sissoko/Ségal collaboration inhabits a twilit world. The bittersweet, elegiac melody of “Mako Mady” and the lamenting cello line in “Histoire de Molly” suggest the dusky poetry of English songwriter Nick Drake, without using a single word. The latter song’s kora-as-troubadour-harp patterns, and the gently rocking two chord sequence that underpins “Halinkata Djoube” both echo the spare, direct simplicity of Erik Satie, the French composer of the turn of the 20th century. The result is music that operates at a different pace.

Chamber Music was recorded in the Moffou Studio, founded by the great Malian singer Salif Keita to provide a world-class environment for musicians wishing to record acoustic, perhaps even authentic, African music. (Keita’s own acoustic album, Moffou, was recorded there.) The cello, of course, is not a traditional African instrument. But Chamber Music, in its depth of feeling and variety of moods, is authentically African. And the kora may not appear in the duos, trios, or quartets of Beethoven, Schumann, or Brahms; but the obvious musical and personal connection between Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal also marks this as an authentic, if original, type of chamber music.

Ballake Sissoko & Vincent Segal live at Globalfest from Derek Beres on Vimeo.


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