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Banjoist Jayme Stone Honors Alan Lomax in NYC Saturday

Jayme StoneStone’s visionary style is inspired by sounds from around the world, from Persia to Norway to the hills of Appalachia. His strengths in the bluegrass genre are apparent from what Inner Magazine says about his work, “This is serious, premeditated no-nonsense banjo playing.” Stone pays homage to famed folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax at SubCulture in New York on Saturday, February 22nd at 10:00pm.

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.

The Other Side of the Air (2013) is a travelogue of imaginary landscapes and faraway lands. The album traverses the Cinnamon Route through Persia and India, revisits and reinvents melodies Stone collected in West Africa and includes a Concerto for Banjo and Chamber Symphony written for him by Canadian composer Andrew Downing.

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 lightbulb.

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