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Premier Electric Violinist, Christian Howes Inspires and Motivates Music Education at Central Washington University

On October 15, 2015, one of the world’s most acclaimed jazz violinists, Christian Howes, will be traveling to CWU to introduce string, jazz and orchestra students to a blend of contemporary music, modern technology, and improvisation.

While most classically trained violinists may excel at Mozart and Bach, few venture off the written page to explore their instruments through other facets such as jazz, rock or improvisation. “String instruments are usually associated with classical music,” said Howes, “but many string players are now developing original, contemporary styles, allowing us to express ourselves in current, culturally relevant ways.”

Following his clinic, Howes will give a concert on Friday, October 16, at 7 p.m., showcasing his edgy and unexpected take on the violin that combines rock, Americana, neo-soul, classical, and modern jazz.  Tickets prices are $12 general admission, $7 seniors, children, and CWU Students with ID.  They can be purchased in advance, http://www.cwu.edu/tickets/, or at the door.  This event will take place in the McIntyre Music Building Concert Hall.

While Howes is invited to perform around the world regularly, he has always remained committed to education and community outreach. “I try to cultivate an appreciation for the violin and support for music education wherever I go.”  

As an educator, performer, and composer at the intersection of classical music, jazz, and the participatory culture, Christian Howes is widely regarded as a thought leader. In August 2011, Christian was nominated for the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Violinist Of The Year”. In 2012, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes’ “Expanded Critics Poll“. Howes toured Ukraine in June 2014 at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy as a cultural ambassador. Howes has also been named the Keynote Performer and Clinician at the 2015 American String Teachers Association national conference.

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