March 28, 2012
Jazz violinist Regina Carter will perform at Luther College Friday, April 13 at 7:30 p.m. in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall on the Luther campus.
Tickets for the performance are on sale at the Luther College Box Office, (563) 387-1357, open 9-10:30 a.m. and 11a.m.-3 p.m. on weekdays with extended hours on Thursdays until 7 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased online at http://boxoffice.luther.edu. Tickets are $23, $21 for seniors age 65 and over and $15 for youth ages 4-18.
Carter's appearance is the final performance of Luther's 2011-12 Center Stage Series of professional performing arts events.
The performance features pieces from Carter's latest album "Reverse Thread." Released in May 2010, the album is a blend of traditional African folk melodies infused with contemporary elements of American jazz.
In addition to her rhythm section, which features an accordion, bass and drums, Carter will be accompanied by Yacouba Sissoko playing the kora – a West African harp traditionally played by village storytellers – to help recreate the spirit of passing stories from generation to generation.
A master of improvisational jazz violin, Carter's signature style draws upon many musical influences including Motown, Afro-Cuban, swing, bebop, folk and world music.
Her unique blend of music creates a powerful and uplifting twist on the jazz violin and has provided her the opportunity to work with diverse artists including Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Kenny Barron and Mary J. Blige.
Carter released her first album, self-titled, in 1995. Other albums include "Something for Grace" (1997),"Rhythms of the Heart" (1999), "Motor City Moments" (2000), "Freefall" (2001) - a collaboration with jazz legend Kenny Barron, "Paganini: After a Dream" (2002), "I'll Be Seeing You: A Sentimental Journey" (2006) and "Reverse Thread" (2010).
Carter has performed at venues throughout the United States and Europe including Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa, Italy.
She is a 2006 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship recipient, which provided her the funds and freedom to create "Reverse Thread."
To learn more about performances in the series, visit the Center Stage Series website at http://centerstage.luther.edu.