A one-time-only world music production featuring modern-day masters of stringed instruments! Described by The Guardian as “the finest Toumani collaboration since his classic work with Ali Farka Touré,” the father-and-son musical partnership between Toumani and Sidiki Diabaté is a deeply-rooted dialogue conducted through the kora. Descended from a line of griots—custodians of the ancient oral traditions of West Africa’s Mandé people stretching back seven hundred years—the names Toumani and Sidiki are significant names in the annals of African music. Toumani Diabaté’s SMF 2009 appearance with the Béla Fleck Africa Project showed why he is recognized as a genius of African music and arguably the greatest living kora player. In this duo project, Toumani and Sidiki’s koras are played with ecstatic excitement and exquisite intimacy.
Mike Marshall is a mandolinist of the highest order, equally at home performing the music of Bach, Brazilian choro and Bill Monroe. Since its origin in 2012, Marshall has been Director of Acoustic Music Seminar, and has performed at SMF with a variety of projects. Marshall made his Carnegie Hall debut at age 20 with the David Grisman Quintet and Stéphane Grappelli, and has been at the forefront of new acoustic music ever since. This special production pairs Marshall with Jovino Santos Neto, a three-time Latin Grammy nominee, master pianist, composer and arranger, and one of the top Brazilian musicians working today.