Claudio Peña, jazz cello innovator and 2011 CSW faculty

Watch the video below this post.  You’ll see 2011 Creative Strings Workshop and Festival faculty member, Claudio Peña, conducting nearly 100 improvising cellists at the Botanical Garden in Buenos Aires.  Using predetermined hand signals, Claudio leads the musicians through a beautiful and haunting musical arrangement composed in real time.  His conducting can initiate or modify harmony, Read more about Claudio Peña, jazz cello innovator and 2011 CSW faculty[…]

Full Circle

I knew then, especially after I met (and heard) Ruby, a 13 yr-old girl who played violin like a 70 yr-old woman, that this was what I wanted as much as anything in life- to touch people like her playing had moved me, to play with such emotion and passion and play music that was infinitely romantic.

And then, through a combination of events I don’t need to get into now, it all changed and I became a jazz violinist.

What many people may not know is…

Concert Schedule for 2010 Creative Strings Festival

For the seventh year in a row, Christian Howes’s Creative Strings Festival promises to inundate Columbus with the sound of strings! Violins, cellos, violas, and basses will be heard singing and wailing through bluegrass, jazz, Celtic, Latin, blues, avante garde and more at markets, theatres, restaurants, cafes, and clubs throughout Columbus. More than 50 string Read more about Concert Schedule for 2010 Creative Strings Festival[…]

In their own words-Creative Strings Workshop participants tell it like it is

With summer approaching fast it’s definitely time to make plans. I don’t know about you, but for me, the summer is always a time when I like to try to catch a week or two to devote to FIDDLECAMP!!!!  Nothing but fiddles, fiddlers, bloody fingers, and ears ringing…. And I mean “fiddle” in the broadest Read more about In their own words-Creative Strings Workshop participants tell it like it is[…]