Somerville Music/Arts/Culture event, 1/10


Asheville NC Kora player to team up with NH based flutist for an evening of soul soothing music.

Sean Gaskell will give a performance on the Kora, an ancient 21-stringed harp from West Africa. Joining him will be Dave Kobrenski on the Fulani Flute. They will feature traditional songs that are the heart and soul of the Koras musical repertoire in addition to some of Gaskell’s personal compositions.

The show will take place at Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland Ave #1A in Somerville MA , on Saturday, January 10th at 8pm.

Admission is free, although donations will be very much appreciated!

Sean Gaskell has mesmerized audiences across the US, Gambia, and Senegal with his heart rendering performances that spotlight the West African Kora. The Kora is a 21 string harp whose roots stretch back to the mid-1700’s and feature traditional songs that praise leaders of high political status and those who helped expand the Mande Empire. Gaskell, having studied the Kora over multiple visits to its homeland in Gambia, released his first solo album “Kora Music of West Africa” in 2012. He has opened for headliner acts such as Oliver Mtukudzi and the Blacks Unlimited.

Dave Kobrenski is a musician, artist, and performer with a background in illustration and painting. Between 2001 and 2013, Dave traveled extensively in West Africa to study music with master musicians such as Famoudou Konaté, Nansady Keita, Sayon Camara, and other musicians of the region. He studied the African flute with a master of the Malinké flute tradition, Lanciné Condé. Dave plays the Fulani flute, kamale ngoni (10-string Mande harp), djembe, and guitar. He currently performs throughout the northeastern U.S. with the Donkilo! Afro Funk Orkestra, as well as with Sayon Camara and Landaya, and various other groups. Dave has been teaching West African style music to students of all ages since 1998.

Dave Kobrenski-
Sean Gaskell-

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