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BKO Quintet: Jazz in the Garden
July 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm$30 – $67
Lan Su Chinese Garden and PDX Jazz present Jazz in the Garden, a summer music series held in the early evening splendor of Portland’s most intimate venue. Featuring six concerts Tuesday evenings July 16 through August 20, the series includes local, national and international artists. Learn more at lansugarden.org/jazz.
BKO Quintet is a journey into the heart of contemporary Malian music, combining two of the West African nation’s most well-known traditions, and bringing together four of Mali’s finest veteran musicians: Ibrahima Sarr, Fassara Sacko, Nfali Diakité and Abdoulaye Kone with French percussionist Aymeric Krol.
BKO is a fresh and modern super-quintet from Bamako (BKO=airport code) who performs an electrified and highly danceable set of Malian music. This band is known for their groundbreaking interplay of the guitar of the griots with the lute of Bambara hunters. It is indeed two opposite worlds that BKO have decided to bring up together in order to develop a resolutely urban music style rooted in secular tradition. Though anchored in centuries-old traditions, BKO’s music will transport you to the heart of today’s urban Mali as well as to the ritual and mystical depths of animist hunters.