Mamajowali! Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss - at High St. House in Santa Cruz
Mamajowali - Joe Craven, Mamadou Sidibe, Walter Strauss
To hear these three musicians from far flung places collaborate is to take in three souls, listening and greeting one another in a universal language - seamlessly interweaving two continents and three bright musical sensibilities. Mamajowali mixes up and overlays West African music, old time American tunes, and spirited originals with hoppin' grooves, tons of musical dialogue and tasty improvisational shenanigans. An upbeat blend of kamale ngoni (West African hunter's harp), guitar, percussion, fiddle, mandolin and singing. Bring your dancing shoes or bask in some festive revelry! $22.
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Joe Craven (joecraven.com)
Award winning creativity educator, former museum curator, actor, festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes Music Camp and Co-Director of Wintergrass Youth Academy, multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven's love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, Yo-Yo Ma, David Lindley and Jason Marsalis, to fusion banjoist Alison Brown and groups such as The Persuasions, Psychograss and The Horseflies. For 17 years, he was percussionist / violinist with mandolinist David Grisman. From presenting workshops and lectures in Costa Rica, to thousands of school kids in Scotland, from house concerts to major festivals and from Carnegie Hall to busking at Cannery Row - Joe's at home and loving every minute.
"Joe Craven is magical" San Francisco Chronicle
Mamadou Sidibe (musicmali.com)
Master kamale ngoni player, Mamadou Sidibe is from the Wassoulou region of Mali, West Africa. Twenty-five years ago Mamadou played a groundbreaking role in transforming the music of this region from it's origins in hunters' sacred melodies- -played on six string donso ngoni (hunter's harps) to a music of philosophical observations, politics and daily life. Mamadou was one of the first to expand the instrument's range with two extra strings, creating the popular kamale ngoni. He has recently enhanced the kamale ngoni even further, by creating 10 and 12 string kamale ngoni. Mamadou, with artists Coumba Sidibe, Oumou Sangare and Ramata Diakite, spread the new sounds through recordings and performances in Europe, Africa and the United States. Not only is Mamadou an award winning musician and master of the kamale ngoni, he is accomplished on several other African instruments as well.
"At the center of his music is the same sensibility that you'll find in Muddy Waters: a sense of music as a tool for the recreation of everyday life into something special, even magical." Stylus
Walter Strauss (walterstrauss.com)
If you haven't heard Walter Strauss play, then you haven't heard music like this before. This fingerstyle guitar maestro's songs are full of the groove and fire of an African dance party, the dynamics and textures of a string orchestra, and the back-porch soul of American roots music. Walter performs internationally, both solo and in collaborations with artists as varied as Grammy-winning kora virtuoso Mamadou Diabate, guitarist Alex de Grassi, and eclectic songsters the Burns Sisters. He has transposed the intricate music of the kora, a 21-string West African harp, to guitar, creating mind-bending renditions of this music which famed kora player Toumani Diabate calls inspirational. His recent journey to West Africa spawned a duo collaboration with Sidiki Diabate, the son of Toumani Diabate, and their new CD will be released in 2015.
"A many-layered, multi-textured, one-man folk festival." Maverick Magazine
Eric Schneider's HIgh Street House (View)
410 High Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060