Two-time Juno-winning banjoist and composer Jayme Stone makes music inspired by sounds from around the world—bridging folk, jazz and chamber music for a concert at Lopez Center on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7:30 p.m. His award-winning albums both defy and honor the banjo’s long role in the world’s music, turning historical connections into compelling sounds.
Jayme Stone’s “Folklife” album (2017) follows the bends and bayous through the deep river of song and story. Evolving out of Stone’s “Lomax Project,” this gathering of versatile musicians blows the dust off of old songs and remakes them for modern ears. With spellbinding singing, virtuosic playing and captivating storytelling, their concerts and educational programs are moving, inventive and participatory experiences. Think Sea Island spirituals, Creole calypsos, and stomp-down Appalachian dance tunes.
Stone is the consummate collaborator, unearthing musical artifacts and magnetizing extraordinary artists to help rekindle these understudied sounds. He is a passionate educator, producer and instigator.
Tickets in are $18 for adults and youth are $8. They are available at Paper Scissors on the Rock, Blossoms Organic Grocery, Lopez Bookshop and www.lopezcenter.org.
This concert is sponsored in part by National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF). There will be a workshop for the Lopez Island Middle School the afternoon of the performance.