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 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. In concert, you’ll catch his quartet playing a Bach fugue, Trinidadian Calypso, Bulgarian mountain dance, and selections from his award-winning albums.
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Sing It Right
The Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo.
- Globe and Mail
This is what the future of the banjo sounds like.
I take back what I said about Jayme Stone.
- Steve Martin
Stone's banjo playing is a source of limitless creative expression.
- No Depression
This music sounds like nothing else on earth.
- Toronto Star
Delicate, imaginative and unusual music.
- Time Out New York
Sounds like a whole new instrument.
- WASHINGTON POST
The music is as spirited as its creator.
- GEORGIA STRAIGHT
This confirms Stone's place as one of the most adventurous banjo players out there.
- EDMONTON JOURNAL
Stone combines a jazz musician's sense of timing and sureness of touch with a pop musician's brevity and directness.
- The Guardian
Stone is the consummate team player... always right in the middle with his polished, inventive banjo playing.
Bridging jazz, bluegrass and everything in between with smart compositions, playful jams, and a great sense of purpose. It's music that's difficult to describe, but easy to love.
- CBC Radio