||Wind & Stars: Kora & Piano CD (2009) |
Ridenour songs With the worldly, soulful sound of Stephan Micus, the imaginative spirit of Toumani Diabate, and the serenity of rippling water, Wind & Stars is a stunning collaboration between Will Ridenour on the West-African kora and Betsy Bevan on the acoustic piano.
Brilliantly combining the instruments of two continents, the Wind & Stars duo has developed an original, evocative sound that speaks to a wide and diverse audience. Ridenour's fluid, articulate playing in the improvisational style is complimented by Bevan's richly inspired harmonic progressions on piano.
Marked by sparkling melodies in intertwining strings, pulsing with world rhythmic influences, Wind & Stars blends the best of ethnic and meditative music to create a sonorous healing connection to the whole global village.
Will Ridenour is a musician from Greensboro, NC who specializes in the kora, a 21-stringed harp-lute from West Africa. He studied traditional kora music in Senegal and Mali with Djeli Madya Diebate from Casamance and Djeli Fily Sacko, student of master kora player Toumani Diabate. Currently Will performs and teaches traditional kora music throughout the Southeasten U.S. and writes original pieces with the blessings of his teachers from across the ocean. He is also an accomplished percussionist who has performed in 40 U.S. states and 25 ...
||Alvin Lucier: Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas CDs (2003) |
Ridenour albums Four different versions exist of Alvin Lucier's 1972 work Still and Moving Lines of Silence in Families of Hyperbolas, of which this is the second (the others are gallery installations with or without percussion, and a live version with dancers). It consists of 12 separate pieces for instruments -- 11 solos and one duet -- playing with fixed oscillator tones. In most of the pieces the musicians sound 16 long notes, separated by silences, ...