MANDÉ SYMPHONY

A multimedia performance documentary for Voice, African Harp (Kora), Chamber Music Ensemble and superDraw - which tells the legendary story of a Mande griot, Kimintang Cissoko, from the time he prayed that he could help alleviate the suffering of the Mandé people; through his encounters with African spirits and genies that ultimately led him to create the very first kora - Africa's lute-harp.

 

With superDraw, visualist Joshue Ott creates a carefully crafted dialectic between the aural and visual experience and the artistic intention is to evoke some sense of the powerful African spirit underlying the Kimintang - story in a way that makes it accessible and powerful to a Western audience.

 

Mandé Symphony was commissioned by the New York State Council on the Arts and is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, the Manhattan Community Arts Fund, supported by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and administered by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. 

 

Sponsorship was provided by the New York Foundation for the Arts.

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