WORLD FUSION AND CLASSICAL CROSSOVER    - - -    KORA + CELLO

WORLD FUSION AND CLASSICAL CROSSOVER - - - KORA + CELLO

Combining elements of West-African traditional, Western classical, Jazz and more, AZALEA is an elegant and refreshingly innovative instrumental duo based in Santa Fe, NM. 

Will Dudley plays the kora, a a 21-stringed harp played by the Mande people of West Africa, which he studied in Mali and Gambia.  Dudley also performs on guitar.

Michael Shay is classically trained on the cello and has played many world music styles for 25 years.  Shay also performs as a vocalist and guitarist.

This eclectic and unique ensemble is able to adapt to any setting or energy level and can expand to a trio or quartet. In addition to a "classical-crossover/world fusion" core repertoire, jazz standards, as well as pop and folk vocals can be incorporated to provide the perfect balance for any concert or event.

duo:

expanded ensemble (percussion + winds, strings, or guitar)