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Wednesday, June 7, 2017 | Concert & Clinic

Christian Howes

7:00pm Concert
8:00pm Clinic
Carriage House Violins
1039 Chestnut Street
Newton Upper Falls, MA 02464


One of the world’s most acclaimed jazz violinists, Christian Howes, will be traveling to Carriage House Violins of Johnson String Instrument to introduce string students to a blend of contemporary music, modern technology, and improvisation.

While most classically trained violinists may excel at Mozart and Bach, few venture off the written page to explore their instruments through other facets such as jazz, rock or improvisation. “String instruments are usually associated with classical music,” said Howes, “but many string players are now developing original, contemporary styles, allowing us to express ourselves in current, culturally relevant ways.”

Howes will perform in the recital hall of Carriage House at 7pm, followed by a workshop clinic at 8pm, showcasing his edgy and unexpected take on the violin that combines rock, Americana, neo-soul, classical, and modern jazz.

About Christian Howes
As an educator, performer, and composer at the intersection of classical music, jazz, and the participatory culture, Christian Howes is widely regarded as a thought leader. In August 2011, Christian was nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Violinist Of The Year”. In 2012, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes’ “Expanded Critics Poll“. Howes toured Ukraine in June 2014 at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy as a cultural ambassador. Howes has also been named the Keynote Performer and Clinician at the 2015 American String Teachers Association national conference.

Howes endorses Yamaha Silent Violins and D’Addario Strings.

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