Bourgie Hall presents

Mandinka Pilgrimages – Constantinople & Ablaye Cissoko

The musicians of Constantinople, together with Ablaye Cissoko, a griot from Saint-Louis in Senegal, have been wowing audiences around the world since 2012. Pèlerinages Mandingues is the fruit of dialogue and exemplary collaboration between two artists.The show features original compositions by both Cissoko and Tabassian, and revisits pieces from the old Mandinkan and Persian traditions. Come along on a musical journey from the East via Africa to the New World.

Ensemble Constantinople, dir. Kiya Tabassian

Constantinople is a musical ensemble that chose the journey—geographical certainly, but also historical, cultural and inner—as its cornerstone. It draws inspiration from all sources and aims for distant horizons. Inspired by the ancient city illuminating the East and West, Constantinople was founded in 1998 in Montreal by its artistic director, Kiya Tabassian.

Since its founding, the ensemble promotes the creation of new works incorporating musical elements of diverse musical traditions around the world, drawing from medieval manuscripts to a contemporary aesthetic, passing by Mediterranean Europe to Eastern traditions and New World Baroque. Over the past fifteen years, Constantinople has created nearly 50 works and travelled to more than 240 cities in 54 countries.

Ablaye Cissoko, kora and voice

Kimintang Mahamadou Cissoko, aka Ablaye Cissoko, is a singer and kora player who incarnates the crossover between Mandinka traditions and contemporary musical creation. Known for his amazing display of musical genius, he is one of the finest kora player in the world and is able to collaborate with both jazz, world music and even classical artists.

Since 2012, he collaborates regularly with Constantinople ; together, they recorded two albums, Itinerant Gardens (Ma Case, 2015) and Traversées (Ma Case 2019), and performed more than 100 concerts on the 5 continents.

Vaccine passport required. Covid-19 adapted seating plan and measures in effect.
Saturday, October 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm

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