Imaginary Homeland

Imaginary Homeland

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JAZZ FUSED WITH AFRICAN RHYTHM AND STRINGS. The quartet makes a global sound, with talking drums, African rhythms, and fiddle music of the Sahara. Led by "visionary jazz and world-music saxophonist" David Rogers (Hartford Courant), their music has been called “a fusion masterpiece!” (AllAboutJazz)

Biography

IMAGINARY HOMELAND: jazz fused with African rhythm and strings

This acoustic jazz quartet takes a global view, with talking drums, African rhythms, and fiddle music of the Sahara. Led by the "visionary jazz and world-music saxophonist" David Rogers (Hartford Courant), the band’s sound has been called “a fusion masterpiece” (AllAboutJazz).

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. Marlene Rice's soaring violin and Matt Pavolka's acoustic bass find the string sound in each of these traditions, while percussionist Mark Stone drives the rhythm.

In their new CD, JUMP FOR GEORGE, 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.

Discography

Imaginary Homeland
"Jump for George"
Jumbie Records (JMB 0002)

Set List

All originals. Shows run 45 min to 100 min (plus intermission). Set list includes:
“Kanawha Girl”
“Anthem”
“Mobius Trip”
“Jump for George”
“Travelogue”
“El Sonero”
“The World is Not Your Home”
“Carry On”
“Interlude to the Auctioning of a Goat”
“Endongo Ba Henry”
“Straight, from the Horse’s Tail”
“Ides Plus Two”
“Togetherness”