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Julia Sarr and Patrice Larose: Set Luna

If you need proof that friction leads to flame, look no further than the blazing union of Senegalese-French mezzo-soprano Julia Starr and flamenco-inspired guitarist Patrice Larose. Working backward along the path followed by most emerging artists, Sarr and Larose made one of their earliest combined appearances at Carnegie Hall, as a cornerstone of Youssou N’Dour’s October 2005 celebration of “The Fresh Face of African Music.” Now Starr, performing in her native Wolof, and Larose have made their individual and shared recording debut with an album that replicates the raw, uninhibited energy of their live shows.

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