Thioko Diagne http://redriverradio.org en Savannah Music Festival: Lionel Loueke Ensemble http://redriverradio.org/post/savannah-music-festival-lionel-loueke-ensemble <p><strong>Airs Thursday, May 23 at 8 p.m.</strong> Tucked between Togo to the west and Nigeria on the east, the West African nation of Benin is one of the smallest on the continent, yet it has produced one of Africa's finest contemporary musicians. During the Spring of 2011, we premiered a special production featuring guitarist Lionel Loueke in a seven-piece ensemble under the direction of Robert Sadin. Working together, Sadin and Loueke crafted an extraordinary hour-long set built around original compositions and an array of stunning instrumentalists: Sadin conducted cellist Vincent Segal, violinist Mark Feldman, multi-reed and wind player Charles Pillow, along with Walter Blanding on bass clarinet, percussionists Cyro Baptista and Thioko Diagne, while Loueke sang and played guitar. Fri, 24 May 2013 01:00:00 +0000 27845 at http://redriverradio.org Savannah Music Festival: Lionel Loueke Ensemble