Jayme Stone’s Folklife and special guest Bonnie Paine, founding member of Elephant Revival, join forces with the Festival Orchestra to tap into the deep aquifer of American folk music. A modern reimagining of the seminal field recordings collected by American folklorist Alan Lomax, the program features traditional songs like Shenandoah, Hey Lally Lo and That’s Alright arranged for the rich combination of classical and folk instruments. Composer-in-residence Max Wolpert and Jayme Stone’s re-creations, commissioned especially for this concert, are paired with classics by quintessential American composer Aaron Copland.
A fresh contemporary take on musical treasures.
A musical evangelist, Stone loves using fresh approaches to get people hooked on wider musical traditions.
The Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo.
Globe and Mail
Jayme Stone is a composer, banjoist, instigator, producer, and educator. On any given day, you might find him in his studio reworking a little-known hymn learned from a field recording, producing a session with musicians from Bamako or New York or creating experimental soundscapes with electric banjo and pedals,
Career highlights for Stone include winning
two Juno Awards, three Canadian Folk Music
Awards; being featured on NPR, BBC, and the CBC;
and performing thousands of concerts at places
like the Lincoln and Kennedy Centers, Library of
Congress, Bumbershoot, Rockygrass, Celtic
Connections, Vancouver Folk Festival, Lotus
Festival, Chicago World Music Festival, Montréal
Jazz Festival, and more.
As an educator, Stone has taught workshops and
masterclasses at universities and music camps
and has been on faculty at the Silk Road Global
Bonnie Paine was born in Tahlequah Oklahoma, the capital of the cherokee nation and end of the Trail of Tears, where she grew up playing music with her sisters. She began on drum kit, then guitar, hand drums, flute, washboard, vocals, cello and musical saw. She is a founding member and songwriter of internationally touring Colorado band Elephant Revival and continues to travel far and wide to learn about music from around the world that inspires her songwriting.
Fiddler, composer, and storyteller Max Wolpert conjures up monsters and myth where the traditional, classical, and theatrical meet. Whether built upon the verve and bounce of an Irish jig, the endearing asymmetry of a Welsh pipe tune, or the drive of a Virginian breakdown, Max’s pieces are crafted with taut detail and a flair for the dramatic honed over years as a pit musician, conductor, and orchestrator for theatrical productions. Max is dedicated to music education and a passionate advocate for new music. He teaches privately and at workshops throughout New England and the Midwest, and serves on the faculty for the Rocky Ridge Music Academy and Mountainside Music Academy.
Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. Hailed by Alex Ross in the New Yorker as, “one of our supreme living virtuosos, not just of percussion but of any instrument,” he has championed contemporary percussion music by commissioning or premiering more than one hundred-fifty new works. The most important of these have become core repertory for solo percussion. Schick was inducted into the Percussive Arts Society Hall of Fame in 2014.
Steven Schick is artistic director of the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players. As a conductor, he has appeared with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony, Ensemble Modern, the International Contemporary Ensemble, and the Asko/Schönberg Ensemble. He is the curator of, and will be conductor and percussion soloist in, “It’s About Time,” a festival of the San Diego Symphony to be held in January of 2018.
Steven Schick is Distinguished Professor of Music and holds the Reed Family Presidential Chair at the University of California, San Diego. He was music director of the 2015 Ojai Festival.