Wed, May 30, 2018
21:00 – 22:30
Villa La Pietra
Via Bolognese, 120
50139 Firenze, Italia
A poetic encounter between strings and voice, from the epics of the Mandingo Kingdom to the music of the Persian court.
“My garden is my work.
My memory is the soil of my garden, which grows in this earth,
spreads its roots and penetrates the soil to go elsewhere,
to unite with the universe.”
- Kiya Tabassian
Everywhere, from time immemorial, the Word has been embodied by the bard, the troubadour, the griot. These wordsmiths, at once messengers and peacemakers, are the links with the forces of nature, the inexpressible divine, the memory of the ancients. It falls to them to maintain the realm of the collective soul.
Nowadays, these freethinkers and travelers are making the world their garden… Like the eternally migrating birds, Constantinople and Ablaye Cissoko, a griot from Saint-Louis, Senegal.
From the very beginning, the meeting between these musicians was a poetic one. A meeting between strings and voices, between eras, between the Mandinka Kingdom and Persian Empire, evoking the sheer joy of being. This joint crossing of shared regions of the imagination is like a deep breath before the inexorable march of time and the world.
Ablaye Cissoko, kora & voice
Kiya Tabassian, setar and voice
Pierre-Yves Marte, viola da gamba
Patrick Graham, percussion
With the support of Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, and Canada Council for the Arts.