Nicole Mitchell & Ballake Sissoko at World Music Fest Chicago

Nicole Mitchell & Ballake Sissoko at World Music Fest Chicago


When?

Start time: Saturday 3:00pm (23 September)
End time: Saturday 6:45pm (23 September)
Music

About

This year World Music Festival Chicago, in partnership with Hyde Park Jazz Fest 2017, is thrilled to present the world premiere of a new collaboration between Mitchell and her group with the Malian virtuoso of the kora, Ballaké Sissoko, called “Bamako* Chicago Sound System.” For more updates, visit worldmusicfestivalchicago.org and follow the festival on Facebook and Twitter @WMFChicago #WorldMusicFestChi #ChicagoIsOne

Event Schedule:
Performance from 3:00-4:00p.m.
Performance from 5:45-6:45p.m.
ALL AGES

About Nicole Mitchell & Ballake Sissoko:
Arguably the greatest living flutist in jazz, Nicole Mitchell developed her career during a long stint in Chicago, where her long-running Black Earth Ensemble was one of the most acclaimed and popular jazz groups over the last two decades. These days she lives in California, where she’s a music professor at the University of California—Irvine, but her heart remains in Chicago. She regularly visits and since she moved away in 2011 she’s launched some of her most ambitious and audacious work here, including an impressive series of suites exploring her deep interest in Afro-Futurism, especially the writing of Octavia Butler. This year World Music Festival Chicago welcomes Mitchell and Ballaké Sissoko. The musicians first played together in Paris in 2014, but this project promises a full-fledged meeting between Mitchell’s singular brand of spiritual jazz and fearless improvisation with the Mande traditions of Sissoko, who is no stranger to cross-cultural experimentation himself. Over the years he’s worked with Italian classical pianist Ludovico Einaudi, American blues great Taj Mahal, Moroccan oud master Driss El Maloumi, and French cellist Vincent Segal, with whom he previously played World Music Festival: Chicago. Still, this project, which also includes balafon player Fassery Diabate, and singer Fatima Kouyate, feels like no other. As Mitchell has written of the endeavor, “I had the opportunity to collaborate with West African kora master, Ballaké Sissoko in France and it was one of the most musically transformative experiences of my life. Without words there was great musical understanding between Ballaké and his friends and the Black Earth Ensemble group that I lead. It was magic and opened doors for cultural learning between us. I’m one of many African American artists who romanticize a connection to African culture, but a lot of that is in the dream world. To witness that connection being made real, to have a musical conversation with artists who care as much about music as we do, is something truly special.”



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