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Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

Onyx Club Boys

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Selected Performance Credits:
Paperhand Puppet Intervention Composer and Band Member for six season. Compose, arrange, direct and perform live score for popular outdoor theater performance. Each season’s production (22 shows) features a custom-composed score for 6-10 multi-instrumentalists and vocalist(s). UNC-CH Forest Theater and NC Museum of Art Amphitheater.

The New Obsolete, with Invisible. Co-Composer of 70-minute performance piece for typewriter-controlled piano, and electromechanical drums triggered by dripping water. Performances include: Moogfest, Asheville NC (2012); 1708 Gallery, Richmond VA (2012); Weatherspoon Museum, Greensboro NC (2012); Contemporary Art Museum, Raleigh NC (2012); North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh NC (2012); UNC-G New Music Festival, Greensboro NC (2011); Reynolda House, Winston-Salem NC (2011).

Time Constraints, collaboration with Mark Dixon. Co-Composer of 50-minute composition for electromechanical drum machine and percussion triggered by dripping water. Performances include: Duke University Nelson Music Room, Durham NC (2014); UNC-A Ecomusicology Conference, Asheville NC (2014); Telfair Museum, Savannah GA (2014).

Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba. Bassist (upright, electric, Bass VI), Percussionist, and Arranger in West African Dance Band. Albums favorably reviewed by Afropop Worldwide. Band nominated for Best African Band, Afrima (2014). 150 + performances (2011 – present) including: Eastern Music Festival Fringe Series, Greensboro NC; World Music Lecture Series, NC State University, Raleigh NC; Appalachian State Univeristy Cultural Fest, Boone NC; Guilford College, Greensboro NC; UNC Center for the Study of the American South, Chapel Hill NC; Tedx UNC at Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill NC; Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia SC; The Cat’s Cradle, Chapel Hill NC; Red Hat Amphitheater, Raleigh NC; Joe’s Public, New York NY. Additional performances in New York City, Chicago, Washington DC, and other Southeast and Midwest US cities, as well as in M’bour, Senegal (December 2011).n Music Room, Durham NC (2014); UNC-A Ecomusicology Conference, Asheville NC (2014); Telfair Museum, Savannah GA (2014).

Cakalak Thunder. Co-Founder, Arranger, Percussionist for political marching band. Wrote and directed percussion arrangements for Samba Batucada ensemble. Performed in New York, Boston, Washington DC, Detroit, Miami, Atlanta, and other cities and communities in the Eastern US (2004 – 2010). 

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