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Kora harp and Fula flute Concert
October 12 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pmFree
The music of West Africa is gracing Freeport Community Library! Sean Gaskell and Dave Kobrenski will be stopping by the library as part of their New England tour.
Sean Gaskell features traditional songs on the 21-stringed West African kora. The kora is native to the Mande peoples who live within the countries of The Gambia, Senegal, Mali, Guinea, and Guinea Bissau. The music is traditionally played by oral and musical historians known as griots (gree-ohs). The kora is a melodic and seemingly peaceful instrument, which is somewhat contrary to its musical repertoire. Many songs tell ancient stories of war and hardship, while others praise people of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. While the kora is only 300 years old, some commonly played songs can be traced back 800 years to the Mande Empire’s founding. Gaskell has studied extensively under the instruction of Malamini Jobarteh and Moriba Kuyateh of Brikama, and Kane Mathis of Brooklyn, NY. Gaskell has been featured at numerous festivals in the US, The Gambia, and Senegal. Gaskell hails from Asheville, North Carolina.
Dave Kobrenski is a musician, artist, and performer with a background in illustration and painting. Between 2001 and 2017, Kobrenski traveled extensively in West Africa to study music with master musicians such as Famoudou Konaté, Nansady Keita, Sayon Camara, and other musicians of the region. He studied the Fula flute with a master of the Malinké flute tradition, Lanciné Condé. Dave plays the Fulani flute, kamale ngoni (10-string Mande harp), djembe, and guitar. He currently performs throughout the northeastern US with the Donkilo! Afro Funk Orkestra, as well as with Sayon Camara and Landaya, and various other groups. Kobrenski has been teaching West African style music to students of all ages since 1998. Kobrenski is a New Hampshire native.
This concert is free and open to the public. All ages welcome!