Mike Block & Balla Kouyaté Ensemble
Friday, October 15, 2021
Doors: 7:30 | Show: 8PM
Kaufman Music Center – 129 W 67th Street, Manhattan
Tickets: $30 | $45 – member benefits apply
Mike Block and Balla Kouyaté have been collaborating for over a decade, bonding over their shared interest in music from across the world, and their commitment to innovating on their instruments. Balla Kouyaté, a balafon player and singer coming out of the Djeli tradition of Mali, was awarded a National Heritage Fellowship from the NEA. Today, the first balafon, over 1,000 years old, remains in the Kouyaté family. Mike Block is an American cellist, singer, and composer, and a Grammy Award-winning musician with the Silkroad Ensemble originally trained in western classical music.
Musicians: Balla Kouyaté – balafon, vocals | Mike Block – cello, vocals | Sidy Maiga – djembe, vocals | Idrissa Kone – percussion, vocals | Luke Okerlund – guitars
The COLLABORATIONS series presents cross-cultural musical explorations and collaborations. This series often explores the ways in which the music of one culture has influenced the music of another culture, or the music of seemingly widely varying cultures can be strikingly similar or complementary.
This program is made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.