Magazine article Strings

The Space between the Notes

Magazine article Strings

The Space between the Notes

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A cello-and-kora duo for the ages

Muisique de Nuit

Ballake Sissoko and Vincent Segal

(Six Degrees)

More often than not, when musicians talk about the importance of the space between the notes they play and the ambiance they're creating, it's more of an idea than a reality. For French cellist Vincent Ségal and kora player Ballaké Sissoko, the ambiance on their latest CD, Musique de Nuit, almost becomes a third member of the duo.

Recorded over three nights in Bamako, Mali, Musique de Nuit captures the sympathetic interplay between two virtuosos- one a cellist and the other a master of the kora, a 21-string harp-lute from Western Africa.

In lesser hands, Ségal's familiar and exotic sounds and rhythms could be gimmicky or schlocky. Instead, his masterful playing and powerful left- and right-hand techniques serve to elevate his partner and the music. …

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