From Chapel Hill, NC, From Chapel Hill, NC, Gabriel Pelli & Will Ridenour are creating an unprecedented blend of American folk and West African kora music. Fiddle and guitar intersect with the 21 stringed kora in ways that create an uplifting and soul stirring sound. Roots music from two continents collide with passion!
Whether it be playing in hospitals or fancy Greek temple theatres, outdoor festivals or dingy house parties; people from all walks of life can relate to their music. Cultured songs spark images of love and remembrance, beauty and resistance, passion and strength, and propel the listener on a voyage. Together, they create an uplifting sound with profound capabilities.
Will Ridenour has studied the West African harp-lute kora since 1999, and with this collaboration brings his unique and universal style to fruition. He has toured 28 countries worldwide with punk outfit Zegota and dance band Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba.
Gabriel Pelli brings an indie rock and jazz background to the group from his work and touring with The Old Ceremony and Squirrel Nut Zippers. He also has a passion for folk music, old time fiddle, music for theater and film, and his family.
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