The Skirball with support from FLAX will present Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Segal as part of the winter music series.
The acoustic collaboration between Ballaké Sissoko, who plays the traditional kora, a lute-harp from Mali, and French cellist Vincent Segal, grew out of personal friendship.
The son of celebrated griot (musical historian/storyteller) Djelimady Sissoko, Ballaké started playing music at a young age, as most born into the griot caste do. He came to fame through his duet with renowned kora player Toumani Diabaté in 1981, and formed the trio Mande Tabolo in 2000. He is also known for his work with blues legend Taj Mahal and classical Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi.
Vincent Segal is a Reims Conservatory-educated classical cellist and bassist, and enjoys experimenting in different musical genres. His collaborations with various artists such as Cape Verdean singer Cesaria Evora, Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos, and British singer/composer Elvis Costello have earned him a reputation as a highly versatile and accomplished artist.