LocationPittsboro, NC
Current WorkMusician and Composer
Specialist InFolkloric Percussion, Kora, Composition


Will Ridenour is a professional musician who composed and played international folkloric percussion styles, the Kora in the Institute's sonic landscape. Will is from Greensboro, NC who specializes in international folkloric percussion styles and the kora, a harp-lute from West Africa. Since 1997, Will has studied with master kora and percussion teachers in Mali, Senegal, Sweden, and the US, including 4 study trips to West Africa. Will holds a B.A. in Anthropology from UNC-Chapel Hill and has been the recipient of two NC Arts Council grants for musical projects centering around the kora. He has performed in 40 US states and 28 countries worldwide with various groups, and has scored productions for dance, theater, and documentary film. He currently performs and records with Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba, Grand Shores, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, and many other collaborative projects including playing the kora and percussion on the the Affirmations and Guided Journeys by Amelia Vogler, the founder of the Institute.