Ritva Koistinen and Fodé Lassana Diabaté

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Ritva Koistinen and Fodé Lassana Diabaté

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 2:00pm
SFJAZZ Center - Henderson Lab
San Francisco, California

Tickets: $15

Finnish kantele virtuoso Ritva Koistinen and master Malian balafon musician Fodé Lassana Diabaté each play solo sets to launch an afternoon of concerts in the Joe Henderson Lab, in the third day of Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series

Koistinen, part of a celebrated family of kantele (plucked zither) musicians and luthiers, has been an active proponent of Finland’s national instrument in contemporary concert music.  As Toronto’s Globe and Mail has observed, “Koistinen’s hands conjured pure enchantment, from top notes that glittered like cold starlight to bass notes that throbbed with the pulse of an ancient forest.”  Diabaté is from a long and distinguished line of griot musicians, trained in Mali in the centuries-old balafon (22-key xylophone) tradition.  He is a member of the Malian group Trio Da Kali, has performed and recorded with many stars of music in Mali, such as Toumani Diabaté, Salif Keita, Babani Koné and Bassekou Kouyaté, and was a member of the Grammy-nominated Mali-Cuba collaboration, Afrocubism.

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Kronos Festival 2016 is a program of KRONOS PRESENTS, a new initiative showcasing Kronos’ commissioned works, artistic projects, and far-ranging musical collaborations through an annual festival, education, community activities, and other events. KRONOS PRESENTS is a program of the Kronos Performing Arts Association. Donate here.

Kronos Festival Support

Kronos Festival 2016: Explorer Series is made possible by generous support from Grants for the Arts/San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and The Bernard Osher Foundation, with additional support provided by the Barbro Osher Pro Suecia Foundation, the Aga Khan Music Initiative, the Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies at Stanford University, and the Board of Directors of the Kronos Performing Arts Association. Additional funding is provided by the Finnish Music Foundation (MES).