January 21, 2013

Christian Howes Solo

Christian Howes takes standard repertoire and combines it with today’s technology to literally play all parts of a tune by himself. Armed with a violin, pickup, guitar amp, and a loop pedal, this 45-75 minute show can be adapted to assemblies for K-12. Christian uses a loop pedal, accompanying himself to demonstrate a “world of violin.” The family audiences adaptation, showing Christian’s own musical development, from age 5 to 40, as he progressed from “Twinkle,” to Bach, to Paganini, bluegrass, jazz, and more, is particularly inspiring to kids and young music students.

Please email [email protected] to inquire about more information and availability.

Christian’s programs for orchestra, string orchestra, and big band include repertoire appropriate for Jazz, Classical, Crossover, and Pops.

In addition to his work with professional ensembles, he also offers programs for student ensembles and educational workshops. For more info about student orchestra programing, click here: Residencies and Outreach

Full Orchestra and Soloist- Repertoire

– “Concerto for Jazz Violin and Orchestra” by Scott Routenberg is a three movement work evoking jazz and fiddle styles, somewhat reminiscent of Aaron Copeland and comparable to the Mark O’Connor fiddle concertos. (approximately 15 minutes). Christian and conductor Doug Droste were invited by the U.S. State Department to tour in Ukraine in conjunction with the U.S. Embassy to Ukraine as cultural ambassadors. Here is a performance with the Muncie Symphony Orchestra:

-“Spain” – An excellent showcase for the strings and full orchestra. (10 minutes, Chick Corea jazz standard – arranged by James Anderson)

Classical Concerti

Lalo Symphonie Espagnole – 4th Movement
-Piazolla Four Seasons
-Vivaldi Four Seasons
-Bruch Violin Concerto

Below is part two of the Lalo Symphonie Espagnole – 1st Movement.

Solo With String Orchestra

-Several easy pieces by Bert Ligon are perfect for high school, youth and community orchestras. These pieces include Latin, swing, blues, rock, and funk arrangements which are easy to learn and enable students to assimilate these different styles.

-For more challenging level, Christian Howes has arrangements of some of his original pieces including, “Thank You for Teaching Us” (8 minutes, slow lyrical piece), “Conejiltrami” (6 minutes, minor blues with swing and rock elements), “E-Untitled” (5 minutes, a 4/4 rock tune with jazz elements and a drum solo in 11/4)

-“Bird with Strings” – original arrangements of Charlie Parker’s work with strings
-“Jazz” Winter (Vivaldi) – a jazzy version of the virtuoso classical piece

Big Band

Christian can also recommend additional arrangements, compose commissions, or work with your arrangements.

For additional repertoire, please email [email protected]

Please email [email protected] to inquire about more information and availability.