The Kora Band

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Jazzahead! April 24-27


Thanks to everyone who came and checked us out at the Portland Jazz Festival and Tula’s last week.  We had a wonderful time playing for full houses in both cities and look forward to doing it again as soon as we can all assemble on the West Coast!

Meanwhile Andrew will be representing the band at the Jazzahead! conference in Bremen, Germany April 24-27.  It’s a great networking event for the European and increasingly for the worldwide jazz scene.  Should be a blast, come and say hello if you’re there!

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Portland Jazz Festival + Tula’s!

Thanks to all who attended our premieres of the Chamber Music America commission “New Cities” at Earshot in Seattle, Traditions in Olympia, and Jimmy Mak’s in Portland last fall!  We were featured on KCTS9 (Seattle)’s PIE show playing one of our new pieces, “Teriyaa,” have a look/listen!

Now that we’re scattered all over the place (Andrew in London, Kane in NYC, Chad in Chicago), we’re even more excited than usual to get back together for an evening of music at the Porltand Jazz Festival on March 1 at the Mission Theatre.  We’ll be playing the entirety of the new Chamber Music America commissioned suite that we premiered and recorded in the fall as well as some of our favorite songs from “Cascades.”  Tickets are available here!

We’ll also be back Seattle’s great jazz club Tula’s on February 27 playing a similar mix of old and new material for you!  Reservations highly recommended at 206-443-4221.

We most likely won’t perform again in the Northwest until Christmas time so we really hope you can make it out to enjoy some genre-bending music with us.

February 27, 2014
7:30 PM
Tula’s Jazz Club
2214 2nd Ave
Seattle, WA

March 1, 2014
9:30 PM
Portland Jazz Festival
Mission Theatre
1624 NW Glisan
Portland, OR
$15, tickets here!

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Album Tracking / CMA Premiere complete!

ocular-kora-posterAfter a solid year of preparation, we’re very excited to have finished up a wonderful two-week stint of performance and recording.  We premiered our 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission “New Traditions” with really fun and full performances in Portland, Olympia, and Seattle and spent a week in the wonderful Kung Fu Bakery studio in Portland tracking the music for our new album.  Many thanks to CMA and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation for funding the new music.  Stay tuned for details by signing up on our mailing list to the right.

We’re also featured on Seattle’s KCTS9 for their arts and culture program PIE this week performing the song “Teriyaa,” one of the new pieces we just recorded.  There’s a little interview with Andrew and Kane and the video looks great.  Check it out here.

Our 2010 album “Cascades” is still available as well on the “Listen/Buy” page as well as some newer live audio for download.


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New video series part 1 – The Kora!

We’re gearing up for a busy few weeks next month as we prepare and present “New Traditions,” the 2012 Chamber Music America New Jazz Works commission that Andrew has been writing for the past year or so!  It’s a suite of compositions each one of which is based on a specific traditional song re-manipulated in a contemporary context – exploring new ways of integrating and exploring the boundaries between musical traditions.

The 3 performance dates are up at the “Shows” page.  Meanwhile we have a series of little videos we’re rolling out over the next few weeks about the band’s history and the mixing of musical traditions.  In the first one Kane talks about the 700 year history of the kora and his own experiences in the Gambia.  Enjoy…

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October dates posted for CMA Premiere!

We’re very much looking forward to premiering a bunch of new music commissioned by Chamber Music America as part of their 2012 New Jazz Works grant program.  We’re honored to be included in a very illustrious cast of composers and performers and have been hard at work on this new suite of music based on a variety of traditional west African tunes, both obscure and popular, reimagined through Andrew’s contemporary compositional lens.

We’ll be debuting this music October 30 at Jimmy Mak’s in Portland, Nov. 2 at Traditions in Olympia, and Nov. 3 at the Earshot Jazz Festival in Seattle.  Full details at the “Shows” page.  We’ll be leading up to it with some new audio and video interviews about the music.

We’ve also updated the site design and added some new pages, have a look around!  And, following up on the previous post, here is another video from our most recent appearance at Empty Sea Studios in Seattle, this time with one of our favorite tunes, “Sinyaro:”


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