Imaginary Homeland: bios
David Rogers (saxophones, Dagbamba talking drum) is an eclectic composer whose music draws on American jazz and on the talking drum, xylophone, and one-string fiddle traditions of the Dagbamba and Dagara tribes of northern Ghana. Rogers has lived 3 years in Ghana, studying the talking drum, as well as the Ghanaian xylophone and one-stringed fiddle. David is an active composer in the jazz, new music, theater, and dance circles of New York. He has collaborated with jazz violinist Regina Carter and African master musicians Dolsi-naa Abubakari Lunna, Bernard Woma, Madou Dembele, and Kakraba Lobi.
Mark Stone (African percussion, Dagara gyil xylophone) has performed with leading percussion groups worldwide. In Ghana (West Africa), Mark performed with Godwin Agbeli's Sankofa Dance Theatre and with master xylophonist Bernard Woma at the Filmua Kukur Bagr Festival. In Uganda (East Africa), he was an honorary member of the Nakibembe Xylophone Group for a six-month period. In Trinidad (West Indies), Mark joined the steel drum ensemble, Scrunters Pan Groove, performing in competition and carnival festivities.
Marlene Rice (violin) is unique in contemporary jazz for her rich soulful tone and soaring solos, drawing on blues, gospel, and modern jazz inflections. Marlene has recorded with Greg Osby (“Symbols of Light”), Steve Coleman, Quartette Indigo, pop stars Lauryn Hill and Patti Labelle, and has performed throughout the world with such artists as Cassandra Wilson, James Carter, and Quartette Indigo, with iconoclastic composers David Soldier, Kitty Brazelton, and Lawrence “Butch” Morris, and in sections with Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson, and Sammy Davis, Jr.
Matt Pavolka (acoustic bass) is one of the most in-demand bassists of the New York jazz scene, prized for his deep resonant sound, impeccable groove, and inventive solos. Matt has performed throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan, and South America with jazz artists such as Matt Wilson, Josh Roseman, Mark Turner, Jeff Ballard, Tony Malaby, Gene Jackson, and Charlie Persip.