Smart bets: Sean Gaskell and Will Ridenour

Six-stringed instruments in West Asheville are great, but how about 21-stringed instruments from West Africa for a change? Sean Gaskell and Will Ridenour perform on the kora — an ancient harp-lute, which assigns 11 strings to the left hand and 10 to the right — lulling listeners into a captivatingly layered aural voyage. A press release says the pair impart a “sense of peace and wonder” upon audiences, likening the listening experience to “seeing a new color.” The two pay homage to traditional songs but modernize the instrument with original compositions and experimental tunings. Gaskell and Ridenour play Dobra Tea on Saturday, Oct. 25, at 8 p.m. $5. Gaskell also performs alongside Zimbabwe mbira instrumentalist Christy Clavio at Good Stuff Grocery in Marshall on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m, with admission by donation. Photo courtesy of Gaskell

About Kat McReynolds
Kat studied entrepreneurship and music business at the University of Miami and earned her MBA at Appalachian State University. Follow me @katmAVL

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