Ballake Sissoko, a Malian who handles the kora, and his French pal Vincent Segal, a cellist, have successfully cultivated world chamber music for the 21st century — offering eloquent tunes that embrace listeners like a warm blanket.
Tonight the Arden Gild Hall will serve as the Delaware debut for the international duo, in which they'll showcase the kora, a beautiful 21-stringed-harp commonly played in West Africa.
Sissoko released his new solo album "At Peace" in February, featuring Segal. The project is a continuation of his work with Segal on their debut project "Chamber Music," released in 2009. Similar to "Chamber Music," "At Peace" reaffirms that quieter, soft music can also be enjoyed in a culture consumed by mainstream pop and dance music.
Considering most African music is percussion-driven, Segal says it's always a pleasure for him and Sissoko to perform in the United States, since they've discovered Americans are very open-minded about their global chamber music, which draws influence from African tunes.
"A lot of People [in Africa] think African music has to be drums," Segal said, with his mild French accent, during a phone interview with the Hockessin Community News. And while "it's fun for us to perform in Africa or Europe," Segal maintains there's nothing like gigging in the States since "you have every kind of music in the world [there]."
Both highly-skilled musicians, Sissoko has worked with American blues legend Taj Mahal and Italian minimalist Ludovico Einaudi, as well as others. Meanwhile, Segal, who's a huge Duke Ellington fan, has credits that include recordings on the albums "Blazing Arrow" and "The Craft," which are both projects by the California rap-duo Blackalicious. He's also a member of the French trip-hop band Bumcello,
IF YOU GO
WHAT Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal
WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, March 2
WHERE Arden Gild Hall, 2126 The Highway, Arden
COST $20 ($21.69 with service fee)
INFO ardenconcerts.com or 475-3126