Friday, March 3, 2017 - 8pm 

French Institute Alliance Française

Florence Gould Hall | 55 E 59th Street, NYC


Pre-performance Q&A with the artists (7pm) moderated by music writer and producer Banning Eyre of Afropop Worldwide 


Tickets are $35



...the interplay between this African harp and the cello was transcendent. It's simply delightful and uplifting to witness. 

–Bob Boilen (Host, NPR: All Songs Considered)



When Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music world by surprise. Everything about this duo was unexpected: the Malian master of the kora; the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop; and the elegant, soulful music they made together. Sissoko and Ségal have created their own cross-cultural 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. In 2015, these two masters returned with Musique de Nuit (“Night Music”) – an album even more spellbinding than its predecessor. 


Co-presented with French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF)


This concert is presented as part of World Music Institute’s Collaborations series.


Tickets for this event are also be available through FIAF. These tickets can be purchased by visiting, calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-982-2787, or by visiting the FIAF box office at 55 E. 59th Street. FIAF box office hours of operation are listed on