Original Jazz To Original World Fusion: Mark Stone Group

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The Carr Center says
Mark Stone brings together celebrated world percussion traditions of Africa and India with the lyricism of the violin to create a vibrant new global soundscape. Inspired by his extensive travels, performances, and studies in Africa and India, Mark Stone, Associate Professor of World Music and Percussion at Oakland University, started this project in 2013. The Mark Stone Trio performs new music drawing on Mark's wide-ranging compositional influences, stretching from American jazz to traditional African music and classical Indian music to European concert music. In the group Mark plays the powerful Ghanaian gyil, ancient mbira of Southern Africa, and the traditional Ugandan endongo.

He has pursued in-depth research on each of these instruments in Africa with many master musicians including Haruna Walusimbi, Dizu Plaatjies, and Bernard Woma. In addition, Mark plays the modern South African kalimba and the American-made array mbira. He is creating a new style of Carnatic kalimba playing based on his studies of Indian music and collaborations with the world’s leading Carnatic musicians, including Dr. Balamuralikrishna, Sudha Raghunathan, and the Carnatica Brothers. On the newly-invented array mbira, he has developed a sound based upon his considerable background performing jazz vibraphone and western marimba repertoire.

Free concert in the Beatrice Buck Paradise Valley Park (directly in front of the Carr Center). Curated by Bill Foster, Jazz Network Foundation.
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By: The Carr Center

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