Phillip Glass @80: Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso
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Phillip Glass @80: Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso

Phillip Glass @80: Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso

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80 North 6th Street

Brooklyn, NY 11249

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Doors at 6 PM
Advance $50 | At the Door $55

Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso famously collaborated in 1992 on the seminal film score The Screens a unique body of work grounded in musical virtuosity in both Western and North African musical cultures. As a part of a celebration of Philip Glass’ 80th birthday year these artists will perform a special intimate collaborative concert together

Philip Glass is one of America’s most celebrated composers and a founding member of the American school of minimalism. In the past 25 years, Glass has composed more than twenty operas,; ten symphonies; two piano concertos and concertos for violin, piano, timpani, and saxophone quartet and orchestra; and several soundtracks to films. His work has been inspired by the music of Africa, India, and the Himalayas.

Known for his hypnotic performances of traditional Kora music, as well as his cutting edge musical encounters, Kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso is a direct descendent of Jalimadi Wulen Suso, the inventor of the Kora. He is a Mandingo Griot from Gambia who in 1977 became the first Kora player to establish himself in the U.S. He has written many original compositions and collaborated, toured and recorded with Bill Laswell, Herbie Hancock, Pharaoh Sanders, Paul Simon, Jack DeJohnette, Ginger Baker, the Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass and many others to fuse West African music with classical minimalism, free jazz, funk and avant-garde.

Known for his hypnotic performances of traditional Kora (Harp/Lute) music, as well as his cutting edge musical encounters, Kora virtuoso Foday Musa Suso is a direct descendent of Jalimadi Wulen Suso, the inventor of the Kora. He is a Mandingo Griot (oral historian/praise singer) from Gambia who in 1977 became the first Kora player to establish himself in the U.S. He has written many original compositions and collaborated, toured and recorded with Bill Laswell, Herbie Hancock, Pharaoh Sanders, Paul Simon, Jack DeJohnette, Ginger Baker, the Kronos Quartet, Philip Glass and many others to fuse West African music with classical minimalism, free jazz, and avant-garde funk.

While Suso can perform over a hundred traditional songs, in this program the Foday Suso Quartet will perform his innovative original compositions fusing the traditional sounds of the Kora with Western stylistic music. He is accompanied by; Dan Rowe (Piano), Jordan Janz (Cello) and Asher Delerme (Percussion). However, in keeping with the Griot historical tradition of playing the very first song ever composed on the Kora, Suso will perform “Kelefa Sanneh” (a tribute to the great Mandingo warrior from Guinea Bissau), a song composed centuries ago by his ancestral great grandfather, Jalimadi Wulen Suso. Suso will be accompanied by his cousin, Salieu Suso playing Foday’s newly invented calabash instrument.

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