From: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamber_Music_%28Ballake_Sissoko_and_Vincent_Segal_album%29#BackgroundHailing from a long tradition of Malian kora players, Sissoko has worked with renowned musicians such as Toumani Diabaté and Taj Mahal.
He met the French born Ségal by chance, and the two began jamming
together, uncertain of what kind of music might result. As a former
the French National Orchestra, Segal's Western classical
training does not prevent him from exploring a wide variety of extended
techniques, rendering his cello a flexible partner to Sissoko's kora.
A childhood spent in the Pigalle district of Paris surrounded by
immigrant communities exposed Segal to African music from an early age.
As such, he possesses a natural sensitivity to Sissoko's West-African
An open improvisational spirit marks the otherwise composed works of Chamber Music,
with each musicians contributing individual compositions as well
participating in a joint endeavor of sonic exploration. In previous
collaborations as in this one, both Sissoko and Ségal emphasize the
modern adaptability of their respective instruments, Sissoko through his
preference for eclectic collaborations over solo endeavors and Segal
through his work with the dub/trip hop Bumcello
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