JAZZVIOLINIST REGINA CARTER PERFORMS REVERSE THREAD,A CELEBRATION OF AFRICAN FOLK MUSIC, IN ZANKEL HALL ON OCTOBER 20
On Wednesday, October 20 at 9:00 p.m., renowned jazzviolinist Regina Carter makes her headlining debut in Zankel Hallperforming Reverse Thread—a celebration of traditional Africanmusic reimagined from a modern perspective. Titled after her album whichdebuted to critical acclaim earlier this year, Reverse Thread capturesthe essence and allure of traditional African folk melodies and infuseselements of contemporary American jazz while remaining true to the roots of theoriginal music. Reverse Thread originated from Carter’s musicalinspirations, ethnographic field recordings, and other various sounds found inAfrican culture, as well as her constant search for new ways to bringunexpected sounds to her violin.Regina Carter’s Zankel Hall performance marks the New York City concert halldebut of Reverse Thread and features kora player Yacouba Sissoko,accordionist Will Holshouser, bassist Chris Lightcap, anddrummer/percussionist Alvester Garnett.About The ArtistRegina Carter’s career has been a veritable crescendo of success,reflecting her mission to make meaningful musical contributions on her ownterms. With an extensive touring schedule, Carter—lauded as one of the finestviolinists of her generation—continues to bring audiences to their feet withexhilarating performances worldwide. In 2006, Carter won the highly esteemedMacArthur Fellowship, which is given to individuals who have shown extraordinaryoriginality and dedication in their creative pursuits. In December 2001, shetraveled to Genoa, Italy, and made history after becoming the first jazzmusician and first African American to play the legendary Guarneri del Gesuviolin owned by classical music virtuoso and composer Nicolo Paganini. Lessthan a year later, Carter returned to Genoa to accomplish anothermilestone—using the treasured violin to record her classical-infused album. ADetroit native, Carter has studied in master classes with violin giants ItzakPerlman and Yehudi Menuhin. As a member of both the Detroit Civic SymphonyOrchestra and the pop-funk group Brainstorm she gained fundamental experienceplaying with a range of artists. She has performed with artists ranging from jazzicons Ray Brown, Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Kenny Barron, andCassandra Wilson to pop legends including Dolly Parton and Billy Joel.Additionally, during the 2002–2003 season, Carter and her band performedalongside the Atlanta Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and the MinnesotaOrchestra. Carter studied classical music and African American music at boththe New England Conservatory and Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan,where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performance.Program InformationWednesday, October 20 at 9:00 p.m.Zankel HallREGINA CARTER'S REVERSE THREADRegina Carter, ViolinYacouba Sissoko, KoraWill Holshouser, AccordionChris Lightcap, BassAlvester Garnett, Drums and PercussionPresented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live EntertainmentLLC.Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.
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