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This project is a stunning shared musical journey between two world class virtuosos – Welsh harpist Catrin Finch and West African kora player Seckou Keita.

From Casamance in Senegal, Seckou Keita is both a member of the royal Keita dynasty from Mali (through his father), and a griot, a traditional West African praise singer (through his mother’s family, the Cissokhos, from Senegal). He has built a formidable reputation as “an inspired exponent of the kora”(The Guardian) and is “a brilliant live performer with stacks of charisma” (Lucy Duran, Radio BBC3).

One of the leaders of the newest generation of African traditional musicians, Seckou combines his own musical heritage with a willingness to embrace the traditional forms and instruments of other cultures, and has already blended his kora (21-stringed West African harp) with jazz, funk, rock, Indian classical and all manner of other musical styles.

Harpist Catrin Finch is one of Wales’ leading international musical ambassadors, and one of the world’s finest players of this most Welsh of instruments. The “Queen of Harps”, Catrin was Royal Harpist to H.R.H. the Prince of Wales from 2000-2004. Her concert appearances with the world’s top orchestras span the globe and she has worked alongside artists such as Bryn Terfel, Sir James Galway and Julian Lloyd-Webber. Hot on the heels of her innovative collaborations with Cimarron from Colombia and Toumani Diabaté from Mali, Catrin Finch is once again proving her radical and adventurous musical spirit with this wedding of Welsh and West African musical culture.

Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales / Sénégal) in Video :

Last Albums

en tournée 2018-2019

"Soar"

Theartr Mwldan (2018)

à écouter sur Spotify

to listen :

  1. Yama Ba - SOAR
  2. 1677 - SOAR
  3. Cofiwch Dryweryn - SOAR

Line Up :

Catrin Finch -  harpist  

Seckou Keita - kora 

The press speaks about it. :

“an intriguing collaboration that really works… Catrin Finch is a celebrated harpist…this is (Seckou Keita’s) most satisfying work to date…. the interaction is remarkable…an elegant, gently exquisite set.”
Robin Denselow, The Guardian ****     

 

a sublime duo of two artists who are masters of their instruments…musicality and architecture at work”

Simon Broughton, London Evening Standard ***** 

 

“intricate, ethereal and entrancing, an elaborate pas-de-deux… remarkable” 

Neil Spencer, UNCUT Magazine 

 

Scenic references :

The Stoller Hall (Angleterre);

Brewery Arts Centre (Royaume-Uni);

Music on the Marr (Royaume-Uni);  

Sunset Sunside Paris (FR);  

Bath Festival (Royaume-Uni);

The Luminato Festival Hub (Canada);

Ethno Port Poznan Festival (Pologne);

Festival Interrceltique de Lorient (FR).... 

                 

 

 

Next Concerts:

Date Places Hour City More info
26/04/19 L'Avant-Scène 20:00 Grand-Couronne (France) infos
27/04/19 Le Rocher de Palmer 20:00 Cenon (France) infos
30/04/19 Transversales 20:30 Verdun (France) infos

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