Billy Jonas, Music Man from Performances To Grow On
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An all-star lineup -- including David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party), Money Mark, Joshua Redman, Sinkane and the legendary Lijadu Sisters of Nigeria in their first live performance in 30 years -- takes the stage at the Greek to perform the futuristic, synth-heavy electronic music of elusive Nigerian artist William Onyeabor. The evening begins with a DJ set by special guest Wooden Wisdom (Elijah Wood & Zach Cowie). Onyeabor self-released eight nearly impossible-to-find albums between 1978 and 1985 in Nigeria, but after becoming a born-again Christian turned his back on his work and refused to speak about it for nearly three decades. Last year, after a five-year odyssey to track down Onyeabor and secure his permission to release his music, the Luaka Bop label issued World Psychedelic Classics 5: Who Is William Onyeabor? The album was named one of Time magazine's top ten albums of the year and Pitchfork's Best Reissue of the Year 2013. Even now, after the album's enormous success, the artist's life story remains a mystery -- and he seems content to keep it that way. Learn More
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“Touches even the most hardened of hearts.” —Fayetteville Morning News
Billy Jonas is a singer/songwriter, guitarist, “industrial re-percussionist,” and a one-man-band whose primary instrument is the audience.
Concerts begin with a simple “tuning” of the audience; from there a whimsical trajectory carries listeners through stories of life, love, and triumph over ’Murphy’s Law.’ Jonas’ original pieces are played on fanciful “industrial re-percussion” instruments made from found objects. He sings in a clear tenor voice; his guitar work is adventurous, alternately percussive and lyrical.
Jonas’ heartwarming work has been enjoyed across North America since 1987. Previously a member of the highly acclaimed duo, “The Billys,” he has been featured at prestigious festivals and venues nationwide (see selected venues). Jonas has shared stages with some of the world’s favorite acoustic artists, including Patti Larkin, Ani DiFranco, David Wilcox, Richard Thompson, and Pete Seeger.
Jonas’ recent CD, “Life So Far,” sparkles with unique perspectives and found sounds. Songs filled with hope, yearning, wonder, and wisdom include special guests David Wilcox, Glen Velez, Robert Moog (on Theramin), and Zimbabwe’s Black Umfolosi voice and percussion choir. Jonas also has released a video for younger audiences, entitled “Bangin’ and Sangin,’” that has garnered critical acclaim, including a Parents Choice Gold Award, and inclusion on the New York Times “Best” listing.
Billy Jonas’ performances will inspire, inform, and enlighten. His work is born out of respect and reverence, and seeks to honor the creative energy in everyone. Billy provides performances and workshops for adult audiences and/or family audiences.
Billy is accompanied by a full ensemble of singers and re-percussionists at larger venues.