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In Concert: Music of the West African Kora

June 11 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Sean Gaskell will give a performance and educational demonstration on the kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa.  He will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the kora’s musical repertoire. The free performance will take place at Curry Public Library in Gold Beach on Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30pm.

Sean Gaskell first heard the kora performed live in his hometown of Olympia, Washington, in 2006. That performance by Kane Mathis, who would become his first teacher, inspired him to immerse himself in music of the kora and travel to its homeland in West Africa. The kora is traditionally played by oral historians known as Griots, often called Jalis or Jelis. Many songs tell stories of war, hardship, love, and loss all while presenting the history and fabric of Mande society, of which the instrument originates. Visits to Brikama, Gambia, provided Gaskell the opportunity to study the kora under the instruction of Moriba Kuyateh and his father, the late Malamini Jobarteh. Gaskell has presented adult, youth, and family programs at over 350 libraries and a multitude of K-12 schools, colleges, universities, and assisted living facilities throughout the United States and Canada. He is currently based in Asheville, North Carolina.

For more information about the musician, visit his website here: https://www.seangaskell.com/

Details

Date:
June 11
Time:
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
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Curry Public Library
94341 3rd Street
Gold Beach, OR 97444 United States
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541-247-7246
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