ARTS Pick: Seth Swingle

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Seth Swingle shows off his mastery of the kora Friday, January 13, at C’ville Coffee. Publicity photo Seth Swingle shows off his mastery of the kora Friday, January 13, at C’ville Coffee. Publicity photo

It’s not every day that we have the opportunity to witness a master of the kora, a lute-like harp formed with cowskin stretched over half of a large gourd. After a Fulbright scholarship sent Seth Swingle to Mali, he spent years mastering the unique instrument, capable of producing mesmerizing bass lines and harmonies. In addition, his work under the tutelage of Mike Seeger led to a command of traditional Southern banjo that earned him two awards at the Virginia state banjo competition.

Friday, January 13. $11-13, 7pm. C’ville Coffee, 1301 Harris St. prismcoffeehouse.org.

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