Concerts from the American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

MAY 4, 2017, 12:00 PM, No Tickets Required

Jayme Stone's Folklife (photo credit, Alexandra Defurio)photo credit, Alexandra Defurio

Coolidge Auditorium

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 sounds. In 2015, he issued Jayme Stone’s Lomax Project (2015), focusing on songs collected by folklorist and field recording pioneer Alan Lomax, whose collections reside at the American Folklife Center. Stone brought together distinctive and creative roots musicians to revive, recycle and reimagine traditional music. The repertoire includes Bahamian sea shanties, Sea Island spirituals, Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes and work songs collected from both well-known musicians and everyday folk: sea captains, cowhands, fishermen, prisoners and homemakers. His next project, Jayme Stone’s Folklife (2017) takes a similar tack with more great traditional music.

ALSO—an Open Mic (Botkin Lecture) with Jayme Stone

MAY 4, 2:30-3:30pm in the Whittall Pavilion

Jayme Stone and Todd Harvey, Curator of the Alan Lomax Collection

Jayme Stone is a long-time researcher at the American Folklife Center. During the Open Mic talk, Alan Lomax Collection curator Todd Harvey will ask Jayme to talk about his discoveries in the AFC archive. He will focus on Jayme’s re-imagining of archival recordings, specifically Alan Lomax recordings. Todd will then turn to Jayme’s performing career in general and how the Lomax Project  has impacted his career trajectory.

A free noon concert series presented by the American Folklife Center and the Music Division of the Library of Congress. Most concerts are held in the Coolidge Auditorium (located on the Ground Floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress) or the Whittall Pavilion (next to the Coolidge, on the Ground Floor, Jefferson Building). Occasionally, concerts may be in other locations, which will be specified above in the concert description. Presented in Partnership with the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage. NO TICKETS REQUIRED.