Four years ago today, I started a improvisational group with Mark Little that by the second incarnation became known as the NC Rhythm Project. My intent is to use different musicians (from across North Carolina) to create a improvisational performance that is both rhythm and melodically based. It is the type of situation that causes each musician to use their ears and experience as a guide as to when to play, when to remain silent and when to solo or groove. It is challenging to keep it up for a sustained time but is certainly doable. I want to play with people that I feel comfortable with and people that I also enjoy their personal contributions to the music. Please come out and see the newest incarnation of the NC Rhythm Project. We will be performing at the Oasis in Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro on June 18 at 8:00. I hope to see you there~!
“Thank you and all your percussionist compadres for an evening that I was lucky enough to be in attendance for! It is still resonating in my soul! MUCH NEEDED! Appreciate having access to the second act of the evening on a recording. Joyous Summer Solstice in Peace Jim....CORI”
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“I love what Jim has done for my projects. He is like a great chef who can season any dish. He has dedicated his life to the world of music and bring experience to every project. He has the ears of an artist and can paint with the brush strokes of percussion.”
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NC Rhythm Project
Jim Roberts and the North Carolina Rhythm Project
Percuss (pəˈkʌs) vb (tr) 1. to strike sharply, rapidly, or suddenly 2. (Medicine) med to tap on (a body surface) with the fingertips or a special hammer to aid diagnosis or for therapeutic purposes Jim Roberts is a cross-cultural world percussionist and native North Carolinian. He percusses with all matter of music making idiophones and membranophones. From West African djembe and hand percussion to drum set with electronic goodies and high tinkly hypnotic devices, Jim isn’t afraid to try something new or unexplored. His fascination with all things rhythmic started when he was a baby, beating on pots and pans under the sink and has continued from childhood to present day. His North Carolina Rhythm Project is an Experimental Improvisatory group designed to explore the boundaries of sound, rhythm and texture. This group features different combinations of highly intuitive musicians. This concert features 3 additional percussionists from NC. They are Beverly Botsford, Robert Cantrell and Dan Davis. Each of these percussionists has a distinguished career in the percussive arts and brings different cultural expertise to the mix of music being presented. The show draws upon their experience to improvise in the many disciplines of percussion including African, Brazilian and Cuban music, jazz, classical, pop, rock, drum corps, electronica and more.
SAD MAGAZINE - Free!
I am playing with the 2nd band at 7:00.
First Saturday Dance - Contra Dance A great event for adults and young people alike~ Anyone can do it~!
Sad Magazine features two writers from the Sun Magazine who were inspired by Mad Magazine. I will be playing drum set along with Jefferson Hart on bass. It should be a great time!
Peter Mawanga and the Amaravi Movement
All the way from Malawi, Peter puts on a high energy and wonderful show. I'll be playing the last few tunes with him. Come on out for this all day 4th of July extravaganza! It'ss free.
Jim Roberts & The NC Rhythm Project
North Carolina Rhythm Project is an experimental improvisatory group designed to explore the boundaries of sound, rhythm and texture. It features different combinations of highly intuitive musicians. This show will feature Beverly Botsford, Robert Cantrell and Dan Davis.
Craicdown - OcraFolk Festival 2016
Craicdown will perform in various configurations with the performers of OcraFolk. This is our 6th year of working with the festival.
Batala - Ritmo Latino Festival
Exact time with Batala TBA on this site when info is available. http://bataladurham.com/ I have been playing with this group but I personally will not be able to be at this performance. However it is highly recommended.
Footloose at the 1st Sat. Dance
1st Saturday Dance
I will be playing with Mike Babyak and Triple Fret. We are opening for Grammy award winning group, La Santa Cecilia from Los Angeles.
18th Annual Lebanese Festival w Alex Gordez and Naji Hilal
Russian Gypsy meets the Middle East
Spring Wine Show w/ The Ivory Boys
Spring Wine Show. Wine tasting!
Will the Circle Be Unbroken 5
In spring 2012 local guitarist Danny Gotham organized a memorable benefit concert involving a live presentation of songs from the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s iconic album of 40 years prior, Will the Circle Be Unbroken. Danny and his colleagues have made this a tradition at The ArtsCenter, and Songs from the Circle returns for its fifth incarnation this year on April 1st. This event builds on the material of the album, paying homage in a more general sense to the classics, with an occasional original that stays in the spirit of classic country and bluegrass.