Kora flamenca

This concert is the fruit of a musical project that Zal Sissokho nurtured over a long period of time. The idea was  born during a trip to Seville, when he first became interested in the sounds of flamenco. He was fascinated by the playing techniques of the musicians he met in Andalusia, and became set on creating music that would combine flamenco with the Mandinka culture of his native West Africa. When he was offered an artistic residency by the Centre des musiciens du monde in 2018, he approached Caroline Planté, a musician with more than 25 years’ experience as a composer, soloist and performer, but also one of the few women around today who plays the flamenco guitar professionally. Other collaborators on this project include Miguel Medina on percussion, Mohamed Masmoudi on oud and on double bass, Jean Félix Mailloux on double bass as well as Marcos Marin (voice) for a special participation on CD. Zal was infinitely grateful for their contributions to this intimate, acoustic ensemble. With this creation, he sought to expand the limits of my instrument, the kora, as far as possible.

Jean Félix Mailloux, double bass

Miguel Medina, percussion

Caroline Planté, flamenco guitar, voice & composition

Zal Sissokho, kora, voice, composition & musical direction

& (on CD)

Mohamed Masmoudi, double bass & oud

Marcos Marin, voice