Artist, musician, and author Dave Kobrenski offers presentations that weave art, music, and storytelling together into an entertaining and informative cultural experience.
Dave is currently available for fall/winter 2022.
Presentations can be tailored for universities, libraries, bookstores, performing arts centers, and more, and usually include:
- Multimedia Cultural Presentation
- Musical Demonstrations
- Meet the Author / Q & A
- Book Signing
Read below to learn more about Dave’s presentations, or click here for booking inquiries.
Finding the Source in West Africa
Dave’s presentations combine music, storytelling, visual art, and photography into an entertaining and informative cultural experience.
In his presentations, Kobrenski shares his experiences from nearly two decades of travel in West Africa, discusses social and cultural issues, and makes an argument for why cultural diversity may be one of the most important human assets we have on the planet.
Woven into his presentation are demonstrations of the instruments he learned to play while living in West Africa, including the Fulani flute, kamale ngoni (a 10-string African harp), and more.
Dave Kobrenski is an artist, musician, and author of three books, including his most recent book, a narrative memoir titled Finding the Source. Dave’s creative projects are heavily influenced by a love for travel and adventure, as well as his ongoing studies in anthropology and ethnomusicology.
Between 2001 and 2016, Dave traveled extensively in West Africa to study traditional music with master musicians, including Famoudou Konaté, Sayon Camara, Nansady Keita, and more. His apprenticeship with Lanciné Condé, a master of the Malinké flute tradition, lasted for fifteen years until Lanciné’s untimely death in 2021.
Dave plays the Fulani flute, kamale ngoni (a 10-string Mande harp), djembe, and balafon with his main music project, called Afroflute. Kobrenski has also performed throughout the Northeast with various projects, including pianist Jed Wilson, Donkilo Afro Jazz, Sayon Camara and Landaya, and occasionally collaborates with Barika from Burlington, VT.