An Evening with The Kora Band

March 1, 2014 9:30 PM


Andrew Oliver / piano, keyboard
Kane Mathis / kora, guitar
Chad McCullough / trumpet
Brady Millard-Kish / bass
Mark DiFlorio / drums, percussion

The Kora Band was formed in 2008 by Andrew Oliver after a tour in West Africa with the U.S. State Department and Jazz at Lincoln Center’s “Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad” program.  A chance encounter with a kora player at a club in Dakar, Senegal inspired Andrew to seek out Kane Mathis, one of America’s foremost kora players and an expert in the intracacies and history of Mandinka music.  The group was rounded out with drummer Mark DiFlorio, also present on the State Department tour, bassist Brady Millard-Kish, and trumpeter Chad McCullough.  The group’s first album “Just 4 U” “…blends the swing and intellect of American jazz with the divine poetry of West African music.” (The Oregonian).Their 2010 follow-up, “Cascades” (OA2 Records) reached #12 on the U.S. World Music Airplay charts as well as winning “2010 Northwest Jazz Album of the Year” from Earshot Jazz in Seattle. The band recently premiered a new concert-length work by Andrew commissioned by the 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works program which will be recorded for release in 2014.

Andrew Oliver / piano
Kane Mathis / kora
Mark Diflorio / drums
Chad McCullough / trumpet
Brady Millard-Kish / bass

Tickets: $15 

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