3 West African Studies for Solo piano
composed December 2020-January 2021
Premiere: Alex McDonald, piano - July 25, 2021
This composition is based on the composer's deep study of West African kora music. The Kora is an African harp with 21 strings. The sound is a like a mix between a lute and a harp. The instrument is usually tuned to F major, but this composition is based around the key of D flat, where the piano is most resonant.
This composition utilizes West African folk tunes and incorporates melodic elements and ornamentation usually found in traditional kora playing.