Mysterious Travelers 3: Internal Investigations - a collaboration between The Free Library of Philadelphia and Philadelphia Jazz Project. Back by overwhelming popular demand! FREE concerts every fourth Monday night from October 2015 through May 2016 audiences will hear from veteran, as well as up-and-coming musicians who are shaping the future sounds of Philadelphia with a sharp ear to the legacies of our past. This season will directly celebrate the massive and amazing collections of the Free Library by granting our performers access to explore them as a source of inspiration for the creation of new musical works and arrangements
Kunu Bi [pronounced KooNew - Bee] is an African/American, Folk/Roots music trio consisting of Papa Ed Stokes, Tom Lowery and Bert Harris.
Papa Ed Stokes is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who plays more than a dozen instruments. He is also a highly-accomplished instrument maker and a lifelong student of African Diasporic music. Papa Ed has studied the Ngoni and Kamale Ngoni, stringed African instruments, with West African Masters: Mamadou Sidibie and Cheick Hamala Diabate. He's also studied the African-inspired, American instrument, the Diddley Bow with Mississippi master, Glen Faulkner. Papa Ed’s main goal is to keep these African-influenced musical traditions alive and to pass them on.
Tom Lowery is an accomplished drummer and percussionist from Philly known for his versatility playing Latin/Brazilian hand drumming and ably manning the traditional drum kit. Bassist, Bert Harris plays reggae, ska, New Orleans funk and blues, straight-ahead Jazz and avant-garde Jazz: All inspired by the Roots music in which Kunu Bi immerses itself.
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