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Toumani Diabaté|Kôrôlén

Kôrôlén

Toumani Diabaté and the London Symphony Orchestra

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Players of the 21-stringed Malian kora are renowned for their ability to enter into productive collaborations with musicians from other cultures, perhaps because Mali has long been a cultural crossroads. One of the instrument's most renowned players is Toumani Diabaté, said to be descended from 70 generations of musicians and storytellers. This set of selections, recorded in 2008 at the Barbican in London, is inventive even by the high standards of Malian fusion. In all but one piece, "Moon Kaira," Diabaté sets for the main pitch material, even if there is an opening orchestral passage. The pieces are basically expanded versions of Malian compositions, but the ways the material is developed, representing different solutions to the problem of how to fuse two musical systems, are different in each case. The orchestral arrangements, by Nico Muhly and Ian Gardiner, are questing and inventive, perhaps introducing a xylophone as an intermediary step between Diabaté and the orchestra or delivering full cinematic strings as in the conclusion of "Mamadou Kanda Keita." For many, the chief attraction will be the sweeping yet intricate kora playing of Diabaté himself, which includes such novelties as a quotation from Ennio Morricone's score for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (in "Cantelowe's Dream"). The arrangements don't overwhelm the rather quiet kora, and in general, the live sound, perhaps using amplification of the kora, is clear and clean. Those who haven't yet encountered Diabaté may find this an ideal introduction, and it's a must for anyone intrigued by cross-cultural experiments.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
Haïnamady Town
00:06:48

Moray Welsh, Cello - Andrew Marriner, Clarinet - Guy Davie, Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Kirsten Cowie, Recording - London Symphony Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - Gordon Hunt, Oboe - Neil Percy, Percussion - Toumani Diabate, Composer, Writer, MainArtist, Kora Guitar - Tom Leader, Recorded by - Richard Clews, Horn - Carmine Lauri, Violin Leader - Paul Silverthorne, Viola - Fode Kouyate, Instruments, Tama Drums - Clark Rundell, Conductor - Christine Pendrill, Cor Anglais - Nick Gold, Producer - Jonathan Welch, Viola - Ian Gardiner, Orchestral Arranger, Instruments - Ursula Leveaux, Bassoon - Colin Paris, Double Bass - John Stenhouse, Bass Clarinet - Malcolm Johnston, Viola - Alastair Blayden, Cello - Celia Chambers, Flute - Hilary Jones, Cello - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Balafon Percussion - Fanta Mady Kouyaté, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Minat Lyons, Cello - Nicholas Worters, Double Bass - Richard Holttum, Viola

© 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

2
Mama Souraka
00:06:54

Moray Welsh, Cello - Andrew Marriner, Clarinet - Guy Davie, Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Kirsten Cowie, Recording - London Symphony Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - Gordon Hunt, Oboe - Neil Percy, Percussion - Nico Muhly, Orchestral Arranger, Instruments - Toumani Diabate, Composer, Writer, MainArtist, Kora Guitar - Tom Leader, Recorded by - Richard Clews, Horn - Carmine Lauri, Violin Leader - Paul Silverthorne, Viola - Fode Kouyate, Instruments, Tama Drums - Clark Rundell, Conductor - Christine Pendrill, Cor Anglais - Nick Gold, Producer - Jonathan Welch, Viola - Ursula Leveaux, Bassoon - Colin Paris, Double Bass - John Stenhouse, Bass Clarinet - Malcolm Johnston, Viola - Alastair Blayden, Cello - Celia Chambers, Flute - Hilary Jones, Cello - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Balafon Percussion - Fanta Mady Kouyaté, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Minat Lyons, Cello - Nicholas Worters, Double Bass - Richard Holttum, Viola

© 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

3
Elyne Road
00:07:03

Moray Welsh, Cello - Andrew Marriner, Clarinet - Guy Davie, Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Kirsten Cowie, Recording - London Symphony Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - Gordon Hunt, Oboe - Neil Percy, Percussion - Nico Muhly, Orchestral Arranger, Instruments - Toumani Diabate, Composer, Writer, MainArtist, Kora Guitar - Tom Leader, Recorded by - Richard Clews, Horn - Carmine Lauri, Violin Leader - Paul Silverthorne, Viola - Fode Kouyate, Instruments, Tama Drums - Clark Rundell, Conductor - Christine Pendrill, Cor Anglais - Nick Gold, Producer - Jonathan Welch, Viola - Ursula Leveaux, Bassoon - Colin Paris, Double Bass - John Stenhouse, Bass Clarinet - Malcolm Johnston, Viola - Alastair Blayden, Cello - Celia Chambers, Flute - Hilary Jones, Cello - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Balafon Percussion - Fanta Mady Kouyaté, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Minat Lyons, Cello - Nicholas Worters, Double Bass - Richard Holttum, Viola

© 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

4
Cantelowes Dream
00:09:54

Moray Welsh, Cello - Andrew Marriner, Clarinet - Guy Davie, Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Kirsten Cowie, Recording - London Symphony Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - Gordon Hunt, Oboe - Neil Percy, Percussion - Nico Muhly, Orchestral Arranger, Instruments - Toumani Diabate, Composer, Writer, MainArtist, Kora Guitar - Tom Leader, Recorded by - Richard Clews, Horn - Carmine Lauri, Violin Leader - Paul Silverthorne, Viola - Fode Kouyate, Instruments, Tama Drums - Clark Rundell, Conductor - Christine Pendrill, Cor Anglais - Nick Gold, Producer - Jonathan Welch, Viola - Ursula Leveaux, Bassoon - Colin Paris, Double Bass - John Stenhouse, Bass Clarinet - Malcolm Johnston, Viola - Alastair Blayden, Cello - Celia Chambers, Flute - Hilary Jones, Cello - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Balafon Percussion - Fanta Mady Kouyaté, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Minat Lyons, Cello - Nicholas Worters, Double Bass - Richard Holttum, Viola

© 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

5
Moon Kaira
00:06:31

Moray Welsh, Cello - Andrew Marriner, Clarinet - Guy Davie, Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Kirsten Cowie, Recording - London Symphony Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - Gordon Hunt, Oboe - Neil Percy, Percussion - Toumani Diabate, Composer, Writer, MainArtist, Kora Guitar - Tom Leader, Recorded by - Richard Clews, Horn - Carmine Lauri, Violin Leader - Paul Silverthorne, Viola - Fode Kouyate, Instruments, Tama Drums - Clark Rundell, Conductor - Christine Pendrill, Cor Anglais - Nick Gold, Producer - Jonathan Welch, Viola - Ian Gardiner, Orchestral Arranger, Instruments - Ursula Leveaux, Bassoon - Colin Paris, Double Bass - John Stenhouse, Bass Clarinet - Malcolm Johnston, Viola - Alastair Blayden, Cello - Celia Chambers, Flute - Hilary Jones, Cello - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Balafon Percussion - Fanta Mady Kouyaté, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Minat Lyons, Cello - Nicholas Worters, Double Bass - Richard Holttum, Viola

© 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

6
Mamadou Kanda Keita
00:06:51

Moray Welsh, Cello - Andrew Marriner, Clarinet - Guy Davie, Engineer - Jerry Boys, Mixer - Kirsten Cowie, Recording - London Symphony Orchestra, Instruments, MainArtist - Gordon Hunt, Oboe - Neil Percy, Percussion - Toumani Diabate, Composer, Writer, MainArtist, Kora Guitar - Tom Leader, Recorded by - Richard Clews, Horn - Carmine Lauri, Violin Leader - Paul Silverthorne, Viola - Fode Kouyate, Instruments, Tama Drums - Clark Rundell, Conductor - Christine Pendrill, Cor Anglais - Nick Gold, Producer - Kasse Mady Diabate, Vocals - Jonathan Welch, Viola - Ian Gardiner, Orchestral Arranger, Instruments - Ursula Leveaux, Bassoon - Colin Paris, Double Bass - John Stenhouse, Bass Clarinet - Malcolm Johnston, Viola - Alastair Blayden, Cello - Celia Chambers, Flute - Hilary Jones, Cello - Fodé Lassana Diabaté, Balafon Percussion - Fanta Mady Kouyaté, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar - Minat Lyons, Cello - Nicholas Worters, Double Bass - Richard Holttum, Viola

© 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company ℗ 2021 World Circuit Limited, a BMG Company

Album Description

Players of the 21-stringed Malian kora are renowned for their ability to enter into productive collaborations with musicians from other cultures, perhaps because Mali has long been a cultural crossroads. One of the instrument's most renowned players is Toumani Diabaté, said to be descended from 70 generations of musicians and storytellers. This set of selections, recorded in 2008 at the Barbican in London, is inventive even by the high standards of Malian fusion. In all but one piece, "Moon Kaira," Diabaté sets for the main pitch material, even if there is an opening orchestral passage. The pieces are basically expanded versions of Malian compositions, but the ways the material is developed, representing different solutions to the problem of how to fuse two musical systems, are different in each case. The orchestral arrangements, by Nico Muhly and Ian Gardiner, are questing and inventive, perhaps introducing a xylophone as an intermediary step between Diabaté and the orchestra or delivering full cinematic strings as in the conclusion of "Mamadou Kanda Keita." For many, the chief attraction will be the sweeping yet intricate kora playing of Diabaté himself, which includes such novelties as a quotation from Ennio Morricone's score for The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (in "Cantelowe's Dream"). The arrangements don't overwhelm the rather quiet kora, and in general, the live sound, perhaps using amplification of the kora, is clear and clean. Those who haven't yet encountered Diabaté may find this an ideal introduction, and it's a must for anyone intrigued by cross-cultural experiments.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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