Afro Pop Guitarist Alpha Yaya Diallo to Perform March 8at the Clark

For Immediate Release

February 26, 2003

Afro-pop guitarist Alpha YaYa Diallo and his band will perform at the Clark Art Institute on Saturday, March 8, at 8:00 p.m. The performance is part of the series "Out of Africa: Music from Algeria, Guinea, Mali, and Senegal." Tickets are $19 ($17 for members), and are available at the Clark museum shop or by telephone at 413-458-2303, extension 324.

Diallo, who hails from Guinea in West Africa, is one of the hottest performers on the world music scene. His 1999 CD The Message won a Juno award for best global music recording. Diallo is known for his melodic acoustic and electric guitar playing as well as his skill on percussion instruments including the balafon (a wooden xylophone). His songwriting unites traditional and contemporary styles. Diallo first drew attention as a member of Fatala, a group of West African musicians recording for Peter Gabriel's Real World label, and has lived in Vancouver since 1991.

The final performer in the series will be French Algerian guitarist Pierre Bensusan on March 22.

The concert series is offered in connection with the exhibition Renoir and Algeria, which opens at the Clark on February 16. The show will feature studio paintings done in Paris as well as landscapes, portraits, and images of life in Algeria inspired by Renoir's trips in 1881 and 1882.

The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts.  For more information call 413-458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.

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