Regina Carter

Regina Carter

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Join us in welcoming back the beautiful and graceful Regina Carter. Regina made her Festival debut in 2008 and is returning to share new music and insights to her success in the jazz arena.

When preeminent violinist Regina Carter made the decision to record an album primarily of African folk tunes, she created a great challenge for herself: how do you take beautifully traditional music and infuse it with a contemporary feel while remaining true to its past – and then, not compromise its beauty? Her newest release, Reverse Thread, brilliantly responds to the challenge.

To achieve the uplifting and stirring result, Regina added an accordion and kora – the West African harp traditionally played by village storytellers – to her longstanding rhythm section. The result – unlike anything previously heard – is a haunting and beautiful compliment to Regina’s sumptuously seductive violin.

Through her albums, incessant touring and various guest appearances and collaborations, Regina has developed into a distinctly diverse musical personality. She has repeatedly toured throughout the world, was the first jazz artist and African American to play Niccolo Paganini’s famed Guarneri “Connon” violin, has been featured with several symphony orchestras and performed with artists as diverse as Aretha Franklin, Lauryn Hill, Billy Joel, Kenny Barron and Mary J. Bilge.

We encourage you to add Reverse Thread to your listening collection and join us in celebrating jazz violin on Friday, February 22, 2013.