Matinee: Fiddlin’ With Stories with John Blake
Fiddlin’ With Stories with John Blake
For Regina Carter, the violin isn’t merely an improvisational vehicle. It’s a passport to unexpected realms, a Rosetta stone that unlocks the door to a myriad of cultures and worlds. Since emerging from the Detroit scene in the late 1980s, Carter has recorded a series of dazzling albums, joining forces with piano giant Kenny Barron on Freefall, celebrating her hometown on Motor City Moments, and breaking new ground with a legendary violin on Paganini: After A Dream. An intrepid musical explorer, Carter has greatly expanded her violin odyssey since being awarded a coveted 2006 MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Fellowship. She began researching the African roots of the violin, which resulted in her acclaimed 2010 album Reverse Thread, an entrancing sojourn exploring compositions by artists from Kenya, Mali, and Senegal.
Fiddlin’ With Stories is an enchanting family matinee featuring John Blake, Jr. and his sister, master storyteller and African music expert Charlotte Blake-Alston, which interweaves folkloric stories with jazz and traditional African music. This will be a uniquely wonderful performance tailored to audiences of all ages.
Regina Carter's Residency as Artistic Director is made possible in part through the generosity of The Aaron Copland Fund for Music.