Today, pioneering cello player, composer, singer and educator, Mike Block released his latest single, "Iniche Cosebe," featuring famed Malian balafonist, Balla Kouyaté. PFTV had over 1,000 musicians participate in 48 states (and D.C.). Played with mallets, the balafon is made up of wooden slats and rows of calabash gourds, which serve as natural amplifiers. We've got another fu, Tonight we've got the great Mariachi singer, Veron, Join us tonight after The Young Novelists' livestr, Final Night at Camp - Deluxe Edition by Mike Block. Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets. Recent awards include a 2010 Mass Cultural Council Fellowship in the Traditional Arts, a 2014 Mass Cultural Council Traditional Arts Apprenticeship awarded to Kouyaté and his son Sekou, and a 2015 Brother Thomas Fellowship awarded by the Boston Foundation. Balla Kouyate, a balafon player from Mali, and cellist/singer Mike Block have had a long collaborative relationship over 10 years, bonding over their shared interest in musics from across the world, and their commitment to innovating with their instruments, bringing them into new musical environments. Mike Block & Balla Kouyate. Mike also served as Music Director for SRE’s acclaimed opening concert of New York City’s Central Park SummerStage 2011 season “Night at the Caravanserai: Tales of Wonder”. Mike is also a member of Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble (SRE), having joined in 2005 while a student at The Juilliard School. In 2010 he founded the Mike Block String Camp (MBSC) as a way to provide players of all backgrounds the opportunity to learn from a world-class faculty in a variety of styles, supporting the exploration and development of the artistic voice of each student. Balla Kouyate, a balafon player from Mali, and cellist/singer Mike Block have had a long collaborative relationship over 10 years, bonding over their shared interest in musics from across the world, and their commitment to innovating with their instruments, bringing them into new musical environments. As an educator, Mike is passionate about creativity and collaboration. The original musical instrument, known as the “Sosso-Bala,” survives in Kouyaté’s father’s home village of Niagassola, on the Mali-Guinea border. Sorry, you missed Mike Block & Balla Kouyate at Club Passim. Write to info@passim.org. Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home. Concerts & Tour Dates. Club Passim Book your stay now! At home in a wide range of musical styles, through a multi-genre approach to composition, performance and education, he seeks to inspire audiences and empower musicians to find joy in the full world of music. © 2020 Entercom Communications Corp. All rights reserved. In 2012, Mike was appointed Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, and in 2018 also joined the faculty of New England Conservatory through the Contemporary Improvisation program. Mike was the subject of a 2011 feature article in the Wall Street Journal for his Artistic Directorship of the GALA BROOKLYN Music Festival, featuring cross-cultural collaborations among locally-based musicians. Currently touring collaborative projects include a duo with Indian tabla player Sandeep Das, a 6-piece American/African fusion band co-lead with Malian balafon player Balla Kouyate, and the Mike Block Trio, featuring Joe K. Walsh (mandolin) and Zachariah Hickman (bass). https://www.passim.org/live-music/events/mike-block-balla-kouyate Acclaimed by the NY Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing", Block's solo performances offer a rich mixture of core classical repertoire with original compositions. As an educator, Mike is passionate about creativity and collaboration. As a young adult, he emigrated to the U.S. in 2000 to pursue music as a profession, settling in Massachusetts in 2001. Balla Kouyate, a balafon player from Mali, and cellist/singer Mike Block have had a long collaborative relationship over 10 years, bonding over their shared interest in musics from across the world, and their commitment to innovating with their instruments, bringing them into new musical environments. Passionate about cross-cultural collaboration through music, Mike is committed to inspiring individuals and connecting communities. Mike also served as Music Director for SRE’s acclaimed opening concert of New York City's Central Park SummerStage 2011 season "Night at the Caravanserai: Tales of Wonder". Touring extensively throughout the world with SRE, he has been featured as cello and vocal soloist, contributed arrangements and compositions, and earned a Grammy Award in 2017 for their album, Sing Me Home.

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