Somewhere between musical wanderer and uncertified ethnomusicologist dwells Cory Seznec & his unique world. A French-American musician now in Paris, Cory has blended his early introduction to American fingerstyle guitar & clawhammer banjo with techniques he discovered on more recent travels in East Africa, giving birth to a more syncopated, polyrhythmic and cross-pollinated style. “Music that sits somewhere just outside the bluegrass-blues-folk-country-world music time-stream, dipping its toe in all of them…” (fRoots). With him come a stellar group of fellow Parisians: David Chalumeau - harmonica, Daniel Mizrahi - lead guitar and Renaud Ollivier - calabash/percussion.
A founding member of Groanbox and Seznec Bros, Cory also helped create the Sawmill Sessions, an Old-Time and Bluegrass collective in Paris. During a three and a half year stay in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Cory was active in two bands MistO-MistO and Damakase, which mix Ethiopian music with other African styles. In July 2016, Cory embarked on a trip with filmmaker Gonzalo Guajardo to Luhya country in western Kenya to make a documentary on some of the few remaining omutibo style guitar players. In October 2016, Cory recorded a video lesson of some of his arrangements of New Orleans-infused fingerstyle guitar for Stefan Grossman’s Guitar Workshop (released early 2017). To date he has released two albums: Beauty In The Dirt (2014) and Backroad Carnival (2017), both of which were greeted with acclaim in the UK and French press. In addition Cory frequently collaborates with the likes of Senegalese musician Amadou Diagne, old-time musician Thomas Bailey and others, composes for film/theater, performs in venues as varied as concert halls, clubs, hospitals, schools, and also teaches and leads masterclasses in guitar and banjo.
Cory's website: http://bit.ly/2Ilx9UL
Doors will open at 7pm. A cash bar will serve soft drinks. The beautiful early 18th century church is a 3 minute walk from Rotherhithe Overground Station, and 381 and C10 buses.