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.