Mike Block (cello/voice) and Balla Kouyate (Balafon/voice)
Balla Kouyate and Mike Block are two virtuosic musicians adept at bringing contemporary approaches to traditional music styles. This show will be the debut performance of their new Cello and Balafon duo!
Watch a video of them in rehearsal here:
Balla Kouyate, from Mali in West Africa, is considered to be among the greatest balafon players in the world today. He began his formal training with his father at the age of 6, and spent his teenage years playing in the fields during harvest time. His pioneering development of playing two differently tuned balafons simultaneously allows him to play the full chromatic scale and play multiple styles. He frequently collaborates with musicians outside his tradition, particularly Jazz, and was featured on Yo-Yo Ma's Grammy-winning album "Songs of Joy and Piece"
Cellist Mike Block has been hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as "The ideal musician of the 21st Century", and also recently moved to boston to become Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.
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