Lon E Plynton

Lon E Plynton Multi-instrumentalist, Composer, Recording Artist, Producer, Promoter and Educator.

It is a challenge to describe a man who has been so thoroughly influential in the New England Music scene in his performances, community outreach, teaching and promotion.

An eclectic musician and songwriter, he has watched his bands' EQUAL RITES and MYSTIC JAMMERS grow and enjoy a continued and well-deserved success, while collaborating with other, jazz, reggae and world-music musicians. For many years, Lon E has served his community and the larger New England area as a multitalented musician and educator.

From Jamaican parentage, Lon E has performed and studied music since age five. He completed his graduate schooling as an Associate Artist at Brown University's MacColl Electronic Music Studio, where he studied with contemporary Classical artist, Gerald Shapiro and Creative Music Workshop with Brother Ah (Robert Northern.) Study includes Music Theory, Ghanian drumming, Jazz, Synthesizer Programming, Recording Engineering, and workshops with Don Cherry, Rahsaan Roland Kirk,Reggie Workman, Abraham Laboriel, Betty Carter, Mtume and a recording with the Wailers.

As a Professional, Lon established the Lion's Eye and the Mystic Jammers circa 1984. Since then he has established an active career as performer, promoter and educator. A virtuoso in electric bass and guitar, he has toured with Nationally known reggae band THE MYSTIC JAMMERS releasing five recordings and performing with top reggae acts, including; Ziggy Marley, Third World, Burning Spear and The Wailers. Lon has released five recordings with his band and a solo CD playing most all instruments. He has appeared on "Stories and Stuff" by Storyteller Val Tutson. "Heaven Belongs to You." The Brown Black Chorus. "Ayinde" with Malian Master Percussionist Abdoul Doumbia and Babemba USA and as a percussionist in various R&B and Hip-Hop singles. He has a strong career as a solo act playing in many coffeehouses, children's parties and nightclubs.

With contacts in the international music community, Lon has been instrumental in bringing world renowned acts to New England. He has promoted reggae music and jazz throughout the area in various nightclubs and festivals. Including The New England Reggae Festival, The Jahlove Festival, The Block Island Reggae Festival, The Rocket, the Churchouse Inn, Reggae Church, Jazzmasters and many others.

With a wealth of experience and a natural passion for teaching, Lon E is a dynamic educator.Past programs include a "Performance Team" at Shea High School, teaching at The Music School, School One, special programs in the Providence, Pawtucket, East Greenwich, School depts, as well as programs at Community Prep, Fox Point Daycare, CityArts amongst many others. Lon E is currently the music instructor a School One in Providence.

He has also serves as Musical Director at Rites and Reason Theater for various productions including: Keli Garrett's "Funkland" and "Uppa Creek", "Heart to Heart, Ain't your Life Worth Saving?" by Elmo Terry-Morgan, and "Popa C.W. Brown & The Black Moravians" by Larry Leon Hamlin. As well as Producing and Directing "B on B" by Garrett performed at Providence Black Rep. with a grant from The Rhode Island Council State on The Arts. Recently he worked as music director, composer and musician for "June's Blood" by Jenna Spencer that ran during 2012's "Writing Is Live" festival.

Known also as a writer and a columnist he has published various articles and wrote a weekly column for the "Nicepaper" for three years. And has won the Wilkinson Medal for creative writing.

Ever responding to the changes in the artistic landscape, Lon E has developed expertise in web design and applications to make his art, services and merchandise available to the public through the world wide web.

Experience the rhythm of roots, the dynamism of talent with the experience in music and education.

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