- Koratet -
An ensemble that fuses the rhythmic West-African harp with the extended harmony of jazz - a convergence of compositional textures and improvisation quite unlike anything heard before.
The cello of Michael Shay brings sustained melodic swells and driving bass lines. The trumpet of Jonathan Roberts fuses a classically-trained ear with modern jazz sensibility and experimentation. The percussion of Steven Skolnik balances subtle expressiveness with danceability. And Will Dudley innovates an ancient, beautiful sound with his modified chromatic kora.
Exploring the horizons of tradition, genre and instrumentation, The Koratet stands on the fertile ground of groove, seeding expansive explorations of Dudley’s and Roberts’ compositions, repertoire learned from the griots of Mali, and much more.