A Theatr Mwldan | Astar Artes Co-production
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 has a formidable reputation as “an inspired exponent of the Kora” (The Guardian). 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 harp occupies a vital place in the incredibly rich cultures of both West Africa and Wales and, remarkably, both nations share a centuries-old bardic tradition of intricate oral history, expressed through music, song and verse.
“Old Welsh harp songs, Manding kora staples, Latin dashes, Celtic arias and more woven together to create something new that also possessed enough depth to sound sage, even timeless” Andy Morgan
Supported by the Welsh Government and the Arts Council of Wales, and Arts Council England.
The 28th Annual fRoots Magazine Critics Poll 2013 Albums Of The Year Nominees have been announced….and we're delighted that Catrin and Seckou's new album 'Clychau Dibon' – is among the nominations!
This year’s winners will be revealed exclusively by BBC Radio 3 in a special edition of World On 3 broadcast from 11pm on Friday 6th December, hosted by Lopa Kothari.
“something quite different.. a really intriguing collaboration… it works so beautifully together – a beautiful album.”
Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2
“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 *****
‘Blissfull’ Financial Times *****
'gorgeous, eloquent, elegant music' Thomas Brooman CBE
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