Jayme Stone Brings Banjo-Based World Music to KPC August 10

Think the banjo is all about twang? Think again, and check out award-winning Canadian banjo player Jayme Stone at Kirkland Performance Center (KPC) on Friday, August 10. Tickets are a steal at $15.


Besides expanding your musical horizons, you’ll be supporting KPC in their mission to bring quality, affordable music and theater to the Eastside.


Stone makes music inspired by folk traditions from around the world, including Europe, Africa, South America, and Appalachia.

His inspirations are eclectic: Japanese poetry, Brazilian literature, instruments he found while traveling in remote African villages. He celebrates the banjoʼs long role in the worldʼs music, turning historical connections into compelling tunes.


His latest album, Room of Wonders, explores music from Norway, Sweden, Bulgaria, Brazil, Italy, and North America. It includes a Moorish sword-fighting dance and a movement from Bachʼs French Suite.


Stone has won two Juno Awards (like Canadian Grammys), including World Music Album of the Year in 2009 for Africa to Appalachia, with Malian musician Mansa Sissoko.


Like banjo legend Béla Fleck (with whom Stone has studied), Stone traveled to Africa to learn about the banjo's roots and to discover music that may not have made it across the ocean on slave ships in the 1600ʼs.


Stone will be performing with three other musicians who play woodwinds, fiddle, and bass.


You can also hear Jayme Stone at Marina Park on Thursday, August 9.

Kirkland SummerFest opening night starts on Friday, August 10th with Shakespeare in the Park, a free performance of The Winter's Tale by the Seattle Shakespeare Group, chamber music and a beer and wine garden. Be sure to bring a blanket and chair for general admission seating at Marina Park. Performances start at 6pm. Then on Saturday, August 11th, the full-blown Kirkland SummerFest festival begins featuring 20+ bands performing on 4 stages in downtown Kirkland (11am-10pm). For more SummerFest information, please visit: www.kirklandsummerfest.com


For tickets and more information go to http://www.kpcenter.org/performances/jayme-stone.