Jason Winikoff is a perpetual student of music who deeply believes that sound, place, and culture are intricately connected. The US-born artist has spent extensive time in New Orleans, Zambia,
About the Artist(s)
Jason Winikoff is a perpetual student of music who deeply believes that sound, place, and culture are intricately connected. The US-born artist has spent extensive time in New Orleans, Zambia, and Ghana studying BAM, Sub-Saharan African percussion, and Haitian Vodou drumming. Winikoff relocated to Vancouver in 2018 to pursue his Ph.D. in ethnomusicology. He is a student of Kapalu Lizambo, William Vunda, Josephine Sombo Muzala Chipango, Douglas Mwila, the late Damas “Fanfan” Louis, and Geoff Clapp.
Winikoff is as comfortable behind the drumset as he is in front of hand percussion. He specializes in a wide range of music traditions ranging from traditional New Orleanian jazz to Zambia Luvale ngoma, funk to Ewe dance music, classic rock to ceremonial Vodou. Fresh off a year-long trip to Zambia, he will bring his newest project, Jason Winikoff’s Postcards from Zambia, to Frankie’s on December 9th. This group will play music of and inspired by the many beautiful traditions found in present-day Zambia. The group will consist of Chris Blaber on drums, Dean Edward Thiessen on piano, Feven Kidane on trumpet, Noah Gotfrit on bass. Winikoff has arranged the music and will play a variety of traditional Zambian percussion instruments.