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 Diabat. 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. He went Africa 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.
Jayme Stone banjo, Sandra Wong nyckelharp, fiddle, Andrew Small bass, Nick Fraser drums
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