Mark Stone multi-percussionist, composer/improviser, educator

///Imaginary Homeland

African Fiddle Meets New York Jazz

This acoustic jazz quartet takes a global view, with talking drums, soulful sax, and fiddle music from Appalachia to the Sahara. Led by the "visionary jazz and world-music saxophonist" David Rogers (Hartford Courant), his music has been called “a fusion masterpiece” (AllAboutJazz), and hailed as "rhythmically vital… a fluid Afropop-jazz-classical hybrid!" by The New York Times.

Jazz composer David Rogers left his Missouri roots and his music conservatory training in the States to spend two years living in the home of master drummers in rural Ghana. Living in a thatch hut through dust storms and rain seasons, he studied the native drum language and history of the talking drum. When he returned, he formed Imaginary Homeland with three other American musicians whose combined experience stretches from Ghana and Uganda to the hills of West Virginia and downtown New York. Alan Grubner's soaring violin and David Ambrose's acoustic bass find the string sound in each of these traditions, while percussionist Mark Stone drives the rhythm.

In their first CD, Jump for George (Jumbie Records), Imaginary Homeland finds vivid connections between these and nearer American musical roots. The results will delight music lovers looking for a fresh sound rooted in the traditions of both Africa and the Americas.In 2013, Jumbie Records will release the band’s second CD, “Straight from the Horse’s Tail,” recorded at Avatar Studios by Grammy Award winner Katherine Miller.