This is the majority of our live show from Jimmy Mak's in Portland, OR on October 9, 2009. Recorded by J. Free (Sonic Archives PDX). We hope you enjoy it!
The download is available for free, or you can name your own price if you'd like to and are able to contribute to the band. Thanks!
About the band:
The Kora Band combines elements of jazz and traditional West African music to create a unique soul-stirring sound. In the wake of his 2007 tour of West Africa with the U.S. State Department's Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, pianist and composer Andrew Oliver was inspired to dive deeper into the relationship between jazz and West African music. His exploration eventually led to the founding of the Kora Band, featuring atypical instrumentation that highlights Kane Mathis on the 21-string Kora, a traditional harp from West Africa. Kane is one of the most accomplished Kora players in the U.S., having spent many years in The Gambia studying with master musicians. Also featured are Chad McCullough on trumpet, Brady Millard-Kish on bass, and Mark DiFlorio on drums. The talented ensemble performs both original compositions designed to explore the many possibilities of its unique timbre as well as traditional and modern songs from West Africa arranged specifically for the band
released October 26, 2009
Kane Mathis, kora, guitar, vocals
Andrew Oliver, piano and keyboard
Chad McCullough, trumpet and flugelhorn
Brady Millard-Kish, bass
Mark DiFlorio, drums and percussion
with special guest
Reed Wallsmith, alto sax (on Bina Na Ngai Na Respect)
Recorded by J. Free (Sonic Archives PDX)
Photo by Chad McCullough
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