Sissoko- Segal: Chamber Music

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COMPOSERS: Segal,Sissoko
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PERFORMER: Sissoko (kora), Segal (cello)


At an unusually rich time for African releases, the most exploratory music belongs to a well-practised collaboration. Vinvcent Segal often works with African colleagues: he appears on Salif Keita’s release, and this recording with Ballaké Sissoko took place in Keita’s Bamako studio.


The title, Chamber Music, is apt: these are conversations beyond words. In a calm, considered ambience, the two players listen closely and judge timbres with sensitivity, often choosing pizzicato to balance the kora. A handful of guests extend the textures, but essentially they support the intimate duets, well-matched in style and wholly captivating. Robert Maycock