With the worldly, soulful sound of Stephan Micus, the imaginative spirit of Toumani Diabaté, and the serenity of rippling water, Wind & Stars is a stunning collaboration between Will Ridenour on the West-African kora and Betsy Bevan on the acoustic piano.
Brilliantly combining the instruments of two continents, Ridenour and Bevan have developed an original, evocative sound that speaks to a wide and diverse audience. Ridenour's fluid, articulate playing in the improvisational style is complimented by Bevan's richly inspired harmonic progressions on piano.
Marked by sparkling melodies in intertwining strings, pulsing with world rhythmic influences, Wind & Stars blends the best of ethnic and meditative music to create a sonorous healing connection to the whole global village.
Colors of Flying
CD - (2014) Download
Will Ridenour - Solo Kora. The Kora is a 21- or 22-stringed bridge-harp from West Africa. According to oral traditions, the kora originated with the Senegambian Mandinka of the Kabu Empire, which encompassed parts of present-day Guinea-Bissau, southern Senegal, and the Gambia. The strings of the kora are made of fishing line, and they resonate through a large, halved gourd stretched with a cow hide. Traditionally, the kora is played by Mandinka Jalis and Mande Jelis (“griots” in French) who are members of a special caste of society that work as musicians and oral historians. They are veritable walking libraries of information and history; artisans of speech and sound.
Wind & Stars - Kora and Piano
Will Ridenour & Betsy Bevan
CD - (2008) Download
This music was written with the intention of facilitating health and well-being in the world through a sense of beauty and the magical realm of wonder.
Our music is inspired by the poetry of Rumi, the Wei Lotus Prayer Book, meditation paintings by Betsy, musicians Ayub Ogada, Toumani Diabate and Mamadou Diabate.
s/t (feat. Jon Ridenour)
CD - (2006) Download
This CD was released in 2006 and contains music composed by Will and Jon for their friends' wedding. Each attendee at the wedding (200+ people) got a copy of the CD with a handmade lino-print on the CD face made by Will. The original wedding CD also contained a hymn, a processional, and 4 songs by Jon composed in Sweden.