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Two-time Juno-winning banjoist, composer and instigator Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world, bridging folk, jazz and chamber music. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling music. His 2013 album, The Other Side of the Air is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. Room of Wonders (2010) explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America. The repertoire includes a movement from Bach’s French Suite, a Moorish sword-fighting dance and Stone’s lush, edgy originals. Africa to Appalachia (2008) is a boundary-crossing musical collaboration with griot singer Mansa Sissoko that explores the banjo’s African roots and Stone’s adventures in Mali. The Utmost (2007) draws inspiration from Japanese poetry and Brazilian literature and includes a tiny symphony that takes place inside an imaginary light bulb. Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds. Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project is his latest adventure. Focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, this collaboratory brings together some of North America’s most distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and re-imagine traditional music. In 2014 Jayme won the Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Solo Artist of the Year.
July 23, 2015Music
Four of North America's most distinguished roots musicians pay tribute to pioneer folklorist Alan Lomax by reviving powerful songs from his collection of field recordings — from Bahamian sea shanties to African-American a capella singing, to ancient Appalachian ballads and fiddle tunes. Jayme Stone (banjo), Margaret Glaspy (voice, guitar), Tatiana Hargreaves (fiddle, voice) and Joe Phillips (bass).