Canadian banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone claims that his interest in music comes from an eccentric uncle who spent hours listening to records while watching cigarette smoke swirl. Not to mention discovering a mysterious collection of banjo recordings at his local library! He took up the instrument at age 16, studying with Tony Trischka and Béla Fleck. Co-founder of the jazz-roots ensemble Tricycle, he went out on his own in the mid-2000s. His debut solo album, The Utmost, won a 2007 Juno award for Instrumental Album of the Year, while Africa to Appalachia, recorded with kora maestro Mansa Sissoko, won a Juno for World Music Album of the Year in 2008. Room of Wonders, released in 2010, was inspired by folk melodies from around the world.