Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso

Philip Glass and Foday Musa Suso

Courtesy World Music Institute

In the late Eighties, Philip Glass and Gambian kora master Foday Musa Suso began composing music for a production of Jean Genet's The Screens, and they've been expanding upon it ever since. Suso also contributed to Glass's score for Powaqqatsi and his willfully multiculti Orion. Insofar as the 21-string harplike kora's rippling and cascading melodies contain repetitions within repetitions, you can hear what might have appealed to Glass. Centuries ago, Suso's ancestor Jalimadi Wulen Suso composed one of the first songs for the kora, the warrior tribute "Kelefa Sanneh," which Foday Musa will perform here. He'll also play original works blending Western and West African styles with his quartet. Get to this World Music Institute co-presentation early to hear Robert Thurman chat with Glass, who turned eighty in January.

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