January 16, 2014 — Coral Gables, FL — Acclaimed jazz violinist and guest lecturer Christian Howes will explore a blend of contemporary music, modern technology and improvisation in a special workshop for string students at the Frost School of Music this Friday, January 17 at 2:30 p.m. in UM Gusman Concert Hall. The workshop is free and open to the public.
Voted Rising Star Violinist in the 2011 DownBeat Critics Poll, Howes encourages classically trained students to venture off the written page and explore their instruments through other facets such as jazz, rock and improvisation, which resonates with the premise of the Frost School’s new Experiential Music Curriculum.
“String instruments are usually associated only with classical music,” says Howes, “but many string players are now finding their original voices. Classical music is only the beginning of a journey to explore creative outlets allowing us to express ourselves.”
Christian Howes performs around the world, yet remains committed to education and community outreach. “That is why I always try to cultivate a renewed appreciation for the violin and love of music wherever I go.”
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 DownBeat Magazine’s 2011 Critics Poll Rising Star Violinist and nominated “Violinist of the Year” by the Jazz Journalist 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, Howes is widely regarded as a leading string educator in jazz and improvisation. He 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.
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