Jayme Stone World Fusion Banjoist
Host: Said & Dari
Aired: Wednesday 2.11.09 - 10:00-11:00 PM EST
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Jayme Stone is drawn to musicians who invent their own worlds, musicians who are fluent in the language of music, yet speak in broader brush strokes. With such unlikely influences as Japanese poetry and Brazilian literature, Stone even composed what he calls a tiny symphony that takes place inside an imaginary light bulb. Just as his early influences were diverse, so continues the sources of inspiration.
Stone traveled to Africa to seek out the roots of the banjo and the idiosyncrasies that never made it to America. What he found was the musical culture that spawned the many branches of roots music.
During his seven-week trip to Mali, Stone found himself sitting in with Toumani Diabate’s Symmetric Orchestra in downtown Bamako, lost in circles of Wassoulou polyrhythms and in a rural Dogon village with no electricity where he inadvertently discovered a banjo predecessor unheard of in the West. From Africa to Appalachia, his new collaborative album with griot singer and kora player Mansa Sissoko features special guests Bassekou Kouyate (ngoni) and Casey Driessen (fiddle).