After years of touring together Sissoko and Segal have created their own hybrid tradition, one that draws on the ancient well of West African troubadour songs, the rich heritage of Baroque music, and an elusive but somehow clearly modern sensibility.
When Ballaké Sissoko and Vincent Ségal released their first collaborative album, Chamber Music, they caught the music world by surprise. Everything about this duo was unexpected: the Malian master of the traditional harp, or kora; the French cellist with the unlikely background in trip-hop; and the elegant, soulful music they made together. The album appeared on numerous best-of lists in both Europe (in 2009) and North America (in 2011). Now, these two sonic voyagers have returned with Musique de Nuit (Night Music), an album that may not have the same element of surprise, but which may be even more spellbinding than its predecessor.
A poignant and thoughtful marriage of Western and African classical sounds.
—Wall Street Journal
Beautiful, nurturing, sublime . . . music that straddles the boundaries between classical and folk, Africa and Europe.