• Thursday, Sep 16, 2010

    Jazz Violinist Regina Carter Performs Reverse Thread in Zankel Hall on October 20




    On Wednesday, October 20 at 9:00 p.m., renowned jazz violinist Regina Carter makes her headlining debut in Zankel Hall performing Reverse Thread—a celebration of traditional African music reimagined from a modern perspective. Titled after her album which debuted to critical acclaim earlier this year, Reverse Thread captures the essence and allure of traditional African folk melodies and infuses elements of contemporary American jazz while remaining true to the roots of the original music. Reverse Thread originated from Carter’s musical inspirations, ethnographic field recordings, and other various sounds found in African culture, as well as her constant search for new ways to bring unexpected sounds to her violin.

    Regina Carter’s Zankel Hall performance marks the New York City concert hall debut of Reverse Thread and features kora player Yacouba Sissoko, accordionist Will Holshouser, bassist Chris Lightcap, and drummer/percussionist Alvester Garnett.

    About The Artist
    Regina Carter
    ’s career has been a veritable crescendo of success, reflecting her mission to make meaningful musical contributions on her own terms. With an extensive touring schedule, Carter—lauded as one of the finest violinists of her generation—continues to bring audiences to their feet with exhilarating performances worldwide. In 2006, Carter won the highly esteemed MacArthur Fellowship, which is given to individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits. In December 2001, she traveled to Genoa, Italy, and made history after becoming the first jazz musician and first African American to play the legendary Guarneri del Gesu violin owned by classical music virtuoso and composer Nicolo Paganini. Less than a year later, Carter returned to Genoa to accomplish another milestone—using the treasured violin to record her classical-infused album. A Detroit native, Carter has studied in master classes with violin giants Itzak Perlman and Yehudi Menuhin. As a member of both the Detroit Civic Symphony Orchestra and the pop-funk group Brainstorm she gained fundamental experience playing with a range of artists. She has performed with artists ranging from jazz icons Ray Brown, Dr. Billy Taylor, Marian McPartland, Kenny Barron, and Cassandra Wilson to pop legends including Dolly Parton and Billy Joel. Additionally, during the 2002–2003 season, Carter and her band performed alongside the Atlanta Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, and the Minnesota Orchestra. Carter studied classical music and African American music at both the New England Conservatory and Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Performance.

    Program Information
    Wednesday, October 20 at 9:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall

    Regina Carter, Violin
    Yacouba Sissoko, Kora
    Will Holshouser, Accordion
    Chris Lightcap, Bass
    Alvester Garnett, Drums and Percussion

    Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Absolutely Live Entertainment LLC.

    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall. 

    Ticket Information
    Tickets, $38 and $48, are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For more information discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts.




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