Regina Carter: African Roots of Violin with John Blake, Jr.
May 10, 2013 07:30 PM
Regina Carter has greatly expanded her violin odyssey since being awarded a coveted 2006 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship and she kicks off her first season as Resident Artistic Director. Determined to present the underappreciated composer, educator and improviser John Blake, Jr. (“One of my mentors when I first started playing jazz,” Carter says), she has engaged the Philadelphia violin master for two programs, The African Roots of Violin on Friday and a family matinee on Saturday. Expanding on the Reverse Thread project Blake produced for Carter, The African Roots of Violin is a revelatory concert exploring the African roots of the violin and its evolution as a jazz instrument.
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