Christian Howes

October 17, 2018 • 7:30 p.m.
Grace Reformed Church at City Park

Jazz violinist Christian Howes has shared the stage with some of the world's greatest musicians including Christian McBride, Lewis Nash, Dafnis Prieto, Paquito D'Rivera, four years with Bill Evans's "Soulgrass" band and over a decade with Les Paul. Said the legendary guitarist, "It used to be you could hardly find a good jazz violinist. Nowadays there are four or five really good players, but there is nobody better than this guy."

Dubbed a "masterful journey" by Downbeat Magazine, Christian's latest CD, Southern Exposure, embarks upon a new quest into the French Mediterranean/Spanish and Latin American musical worlds; For six nights in April 2013, New Yorkers had first dibs on experiencing the triumph of Southern Exposure during the CD release hosted by Jazz at Lincoln Center.

Bluegrass, jazz, classical, latin, rock and fusion describe a few of the genres that Christian offers with his solo, trio, and quartet touring projects. Following his prodigious classical training, a "cultural intervention" occurred when Christian began performing at gospel church services at age 20. Inspired by a new challenge, he set out to make a mark as an improvisor and composer on an instrument generally reserved for interpretation. Since that shift 21 years ago, he has gained notoriety from critics and players alike as one of the world's most respected jazz violinists.

Christian grew up in central Ohio studying classical violin and graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in Philosophy. Christian gives clinics and workshops around the globe as an official performing artist and clinician for YAMAHA and D'Addario Bowed Strings.

Partial funding is from the Schneider and Cate Funds in the Wyoming Community Foundation-Casper, and Natrona School District No. 1.

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