Christian Howes-Out of the Blue

12月7日 21:30


美国爵士乐小提琴家Christian Howes在美国哥伦布(Columbus)出生和长大,在州立大学(Ohio State University)获得哲学学士学位。之后,他移居到纽约,开始在全美国以及世界各地演出。
Christian Howes的唱片和演出受到评论家和其他合作者的高度肯定。他是已故美国传奇吉他大师Les Paul最欣赏的乐手之一,Christian Howes与这位吉他大师合作已经有超过11年之久。
多年来,Christian Howes与美国当代最著名的爵士乐家合作演出与录音,其中包括萨克斯手Greg Osby、长号手及贝壳演奏大师Steve Turre、吉他手Frank Vignola、著名铁片琴大师Dave Samuel、融合爵士超级组合Spyro Gyra。另外,他还在著名的Bill Evans Soulgrass组合里面演出过4年。
2009年8月,Christian Howes第3次登上世界最著名爵士乐杂志《Downbeat》的“小提琴新星排行榜”,位列第2。
作为世界著名现代音乐学府——美国柏克利音乐学院(Berklee College of Music)的副教授,Christian Howes还是“创意弦乐音乐节和工作坊”的创办人。在每年7月的第一个星期,在哥伦布的Otterbein学院,来自美国及世界各地的弦乐手们有机会学 习到即兴、作曲,以及古典乐领域以外的各种音乐风格。截至2009年,“该音乐节和工作坊”已举办到第7届。音乐节期间,在整个Ohio市中心区,一周内 有超过25场的演奏会。

Christian Howes is that rare breed of musician who makes the violin talk; using the idiom of the blues on Out of the Blue, Christian Howes gives a virtuoso performance, as full of emotion as it is technically dazzling.

38 year-old Christian Howes grew up in Columbus, Ohio and received a degree in Philosophy from the Ohio State University. After spending 8 years based in New York City and touring the world constantly, he has recently returned to Columbus to reclaim his roots.

As an educator, performer and composer, Christian Howes has gained great notoriety and respect from critics and players alike. Christian was a favorite of the late Les Paul, with whom he worked for 11 years. Says Christian of his mentor, ”Les defied categorization in terms of age or genre. His character, approach to life, and musicianship taught me many valuable lessons which I hope never to forget”.  In recent years, Howes has become an in-demand violinist on the New York scene, performing and recording with a bevy of jazz artists, including alto saxophonist Greg Osby, pianist D.D. Jackson, guitarists Les Paul , Frank Vignola, and Joel Harrison, drummer Dafnis Prieto, vibraphonist Dave Samuels’s Caribbean Jazz Project, crossover pioneers Spyro Gyra, and a 4-yr chair in Bill Evans Soulgrass. On his recent cd, Heartfelt, the violinist collaborates with pianist-arranger Roger Kellaway, a legendary figure in his own right.

In August, 2009, Christian was ranked (for the third time) as the #2 violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll “Rising Stars”. Says All About Jazz ,”as a jazz violinist he has no peer”.  The Minneapolis Tribune called Christian ”arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz”. According to the Chicago Reader, “Not since Jean Luc Ponty has a violinist ranged from pure classical to fuzz-tone rock to convincing jazz with such authority”.

An Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music, he is also the founder of the Creative Strings Workshop and Festival, which convenes during the first week of July every year at Otterbein College. Says Howes, “The Creative Strings Workshop and Festival offers string players from Columbus and around the world an opportunity to study improvisation, composition, and styles outside the realm of classical music, while bringing the city of Columbus a plethora of talent and musical energy.  This July marks the 7th annual camp, and once again we will overwhelm central Ohio with over 25 concerts in various venues throughout the week.”