Welcome to the Kora Band website! We are a Seattle-based world music ensemble combining elements of jazz and West African music.
Our latest news is below.
You can pick up a copy of our CD Cascades which won Earshot Jazz 2010 NW Jazz Album of the Year, check out our schedule, and hear some sounds using the menus above. Enjoy the music and hope to see you at a show soon!
We have some great new videos from our recent performance at Empty Sea Studios, here’s a brand new song called “The Contract” that we premiered at Jazz Alley in September. This one was based on a traditional tune “Fayinkunko” but significantly reimagined and transformed into something new. It’s one of the pieces that will be on our next album which we’ll be recording in the fall of 2013. Stay tuned for more! Meanwhile, hope you enjoy:
We had a great time at Jazz Alley last month, it was a pleasure to play at this well-established and amazing venue for almost 600 people! As I mentioned in an earlier post, we're about to take some time off from performing to work on a new commission from Chamber Music America which we'll be premiering next year.
Meanwhile we're playing →
Thanks so much to everyone who came to see us last week at Jazz Alley in Seattle, we had an amazing time playing for so many folks and we hope you enjoyed yourselves! There are some more photos at our Photos page and we're very much looking forward to a future return to this great establishment. Meanwhile we'll be at →
Thanks to everyone who showed up for our recent performance at the Olympic Sculpture Park, what a blast that evening was, and capped off with some great site-specific dance from Catherine Cabeen and company.
We have a very exciting "first" coming up for us, a performance at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley, one of the Northwest's premiere jazz clubs, on Thursday September 27. This is →
We here at the Kora Band are very excited to announce that Andrew has been awarded a 2012 New Jazz Works grant from Chamber Music America. This grant is for commissioning, performing, and recording a new multi-movement work for the Kora Band over the next few years. Needless to say, we are all very excited about this wonderful opportunity and →
We'll be back with the whole band on Saturday, February 11th at Cafe Solstice in the University District of Seattle. We're really pleased to be gearing up for a bunch of shows this spring with new material and after our several-month hiatus this fall and winter. This is our only February show and we hope you can come down to →
We have two shows coming up in some smaller configurations as Chad is off being busy in Belgium. We'll be returning to Traditions Fair Trade Cafe in Olympia where we had a really nice "acoustic" show last year on Saturday, Jan. 14 at 8 PM. This is a wonderful little spot with great organic food and an ongoing concert series →
Hello friends and fans of the Kora Band! We've been on somewhat of a hiatus this fall as Kane was traveling in Europe and spent some time at his teacher's compound in Brikama, Gambia, West Africa, recording oral histories for future publication (see photo of Kane with Malamini Jobarteh, his teacher of 15 years!) So you see, our absence was →