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African Strings with Abel Selaocoe

Black and white photo of Abel Selaocoe holding his cello

Abel Selaocoe presents a mesmerising fusion of musical worlds, bringing together timeless minimalism and the intricate harmonies of the Baroque era with the unique timbres of African strings.

This bold endeavour not only showcases Selaocoe's remarkable virtuosity as a cellist but also celebrates the diverse tapestry of musical traditions. Through this captivating fusion, he creates a musical experience that is both transcendent and profoundly rooted in the vibrant cultural tapestry of Africa, igniting a harmonious dialogue between the past and the present, and reminding us of the boundless possibilities of musical expression.

Programme and performers

Trad Ethio Proverbs
Heinrich Biber Partita Nos 5 and 6 from Harmonia artificioso-ariosa
Simo Lagnawi Bambraka
South African Trad Emmanuelle
Caroline Shaw Valencia
Terry Riley In C (on African Strings)

Abel Selaocoe cello
Kadialy Kouyate kora
Simo Lagnawi guembri
Richard Ọlátundé Baker percussion
Matthew Wadsworth theorbo
Simmy Singh violin
Max Baillie violin
Ruth Gibson viola
Misha Mullov-Abbado double bass

Artist biographies

Audience in the hall

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