Jayme Stone Band
MEL LEHAN HALL AT ST. JAMES i
3214 West 10th Ave, Kitsilano
Accessible All ages
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The Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo!
- Globe and Mail
Winner of the Canadian Folk Music Award for Instrumental Artist of the Year, Jayme Stone (banjo) will be touring Canada with his band Kevin Turcotte (trumpet), Andrew Downing (cello), Joe Phillips (bass), Nick Fraser (drums) and Ed Hanley (tabla).
Two-time Juno-winning banjoist Jayme Stone makes music inspired by folk traditions from around the world. His latest album, Room of Wonders, explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy and North America.
Stone thrives on unexpected inspiration: Japanese poetry, Brazilian literature, instruments he found while traveling in remote Malian villages. He finds it with influences as diverse as Anouar Brahem, Bill Frisell, and Toumani Diabaté. His Juno Award-winning albums, most notably Africa to Appalachia, both defy and honor the banjo's long role in the world's music, turning historical connections into compelling music.
The last chapter in Stone's musical travelogue took place in Africa. He went knowing what's still news to most: that the hide-covered instrument with an "extra: drone string we call the banjo actually comes from West Africa. He became particularly curious about the music that may not have made it across the ocean on slave ships headed west from Senegal and Mali in the 1600's. The resulting album, Africa to Appalachia, is a boundary-crossing musical collaboration with singer and kora maestro Mansa Sissoko.