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For Immediate Release
Premiere Jazz Violinist, Christian Howes,
Breathes New Life to Strings in Pennsylvania
#1 Artist in Downbeat Critics Poll to challenge Tyrone students to think outside the box
TYRONE, PN (September 29, 2011) On Wednesday October 5th, one of the world’s most acclaimed jazz violinists, Christian Howes, will be coming to Grier School in Tyrone to introduce local string students to the art of improvisation, contemporary music and modern technology.
While most classically trained violinists may excel at Mozart and Bach, few venture off the written page of music to explore their instruments through creative improvisation or other styles of music such as jazz. “String instruments are usually associated only with classical music,” said Howes from his home in Columbus, Ohio. “But so many string players are starting to see that we can have original voices too, and that classical music is only the beginning of a journey to explore those creative outlets that we all need to truly express ourselves.”
Following his workshop, Howes will perform at the school with his quartet, showcasing his edgy and unexpected take on the violin that combines rock, Americana, neo-soul, classical and modern jazz. Christian will be joined by acclaimed artists, Cedric Easton (drums), Hamilton Hardin (keyboards), and Chris Bates (bass).
While Howes has been invited to perform around the world, the artist has always remained committed to community outreach. “That’s why I always try to cultivate a renewed appreciation for the instrument and for live music wherever I go.”
Although his stay at Grier will only last a day, students at the school (and around the world) can continue to study and grow with Howes through his innovate Creative Strings Academy online membership program, through which students can benefit from live group lessons, private lessons through Skype, video tutorials and more.
About Christian Howes
As an educator, performer and composer, Christian Howes has gained great notoriety and respect from critics and fellow musicians alike. Recently voted #1 jazz violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll and nominated Rising Star in violin by the Jazz Journalists Association, Christian has been called “arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz” by the Minneapolis Tribune. A former Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, the 40-yr old violinist is widely regarded as a leading string educator in jazz and improvisation. Howes conducts clinics and master classes around the world, and is the founder of the Creative Strings Workshop, an annual international music festival based in Columbus, Ohio. Howes endorses Yamaha violins and D’Addario strings. For more information, visit www.christianhowes.com.
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