Omar Sosa & Seckou Keita: Transparent WaterScott
U.S. RELEASE DATE: February 24, 2017
Pre-Order on iTunes: February 10, 2017
Transparent Water is the new studio collaboration between with London-based Senegalese kora master and singer Seckou Keita. Transparent Water is the latest example of Omar Sosas transcendent determination to seek new combinations, a manifestation of improvisatory freedom wherein the musical destination is subordinate to the extemporaneous joy of shared artistic expression. Omar observes that, as he did with Sentir, What I wanted to do was create something totally improvised.
Transparent Water – suggestive of translucence and flowing light – is a deeply spiritual recording that reveals its inspiration in the close and compassionate listening of artists engaged in a genial and captivating musical conversation, liberated from time itself, reaching across five continents to probe the collective spirit of the human condition.
“Transparent Water occupies space within several different spectra: between plucked and hammered strings, spontaneous and preconceived composition, wandering and purposeful trajectories. Its fluidity reflects a continuity of Cuban pianist Omar Sosa’s vision of transcontinental blurring of styles and idioms in an ultimately Afro-diasporic framework. This time around Sosa has partnered with Senegalese kora player and singer Seckou Keita to engage a project of exploratory proportions: the album features elements of multiple African regional musics (Mandinka and Yoruba), Chinese reed timbres, Japanese koto playing, and the Afro-Latin piano and percussion canons.”
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