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Corda is a unique and magical fusion between West African, western classical, minimal and other music.

Corda is Layba Diawara (kora, n’goni and guitar) and Gertjan Eldering (piano).

Corda plays music from the heart.

Layba Diawara is a multi-talented musician hailing from Guinea, West Africa. With over 30 years of musical experience, he has set himself apart in both style and content. He draws his passion from his unique background, a long dynasty of Griot musicians. His family is well-known over the world with their flair for playing mesmerizing appellations on traditional and contemporary instruments. Having formed his own band at an early age, Layba has performed in international circles with countless stage performances.

Layba Diawara

Gertjan Eldering is a Dutch composer and pianist. He studied piano with Fred Oldenburg and composition at the Royal conservatory of The Hague with Louis Andriessen, Gilius van Bergeijk and Martijn Padding. He writes contemporary and media music and played in many contemporary, classical and improvisation ensembles. Gertjan is a versatile and creative musician. Within awareness and appreciation of tradition and style he likes to experiment and redefine in a sincere and tasteful manner.


Gertjan Eldering











If you have any question or comment, or just want to say hello, please feel free to get in touch. We will get back to you as soon as we can!


Lavendelstraat 22
6542 KN  Nijmegen
The Netherlands
tel.:  (+31) 6 154 343 54


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