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The Kora Band at the Upstage March 30th


By kenbarnettpt - Posted on 09 March 2011

Location: 
The Upstage Restaurant
932 Washington Street
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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From the Upstage website:

he Seattle-based Kora Band will bring its unique fusion of West African music and jazz to the Upstage. One of the busiest world music ensembles in the Northwest, the Kora Band has been gaining national attention lately with the release of Cascades (OA2 Records), which debuted at #22 on the Jazzweek national airplay charts, and has peaked at #12 on Mediaguide's world music charts.

The kora, a 21-string traditional harp from Gambia, anchors the cross-cultural sound of the quintet. The Oregonian declares The Kora Band’s music has "the swing and intellect of American jazz with the divine poetry of West African music." The group’s namesake instrument is played by Seattleite Kane Mathis, who attracted the praise of Gambia’s President and Minister of Culture as one of the most accomplished kora players worldwide after studying the instrument and the traditional music of the Mandinka people for over 15 years. Mathis adds a crisp silvery edge to the band’s fluid jazz grooves. The Seattle Times declares, “If fresh organic sounds are an endangered species, then Kane Mathis is Greenpeace.”

Pianist Andrew Oliver, a rising star of the Portland music scene, founded the band after a five-country musical tour of West Africa for the U.S. State Department in 2007. The group performs primarily his original compositions alongside originals by Mathis and new arrangements of traditional and contemporary West African repertoire.

Rounding out The Kora Band’s eclectic sound are the trumpet of Chad McCullough, acoustic and electric bass from Brady Millard-Kish, and the solid grooves of Mark DiFlorio on drumset and calabash, a traditional gourd-drum.

$8 cover.

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