Music & Events

Mercyhurst, Weds., Feb. 26, 4:30--6:00 p.m.

Christian Howes, performer/educatorWorld renowned jazz violinist Christian Howes will be presenting a Workshop for students and other interested participants on Wednesday, Feb. 26, from 4:30 - 6:00 p.m. at the Mary D'Angelo Center on the campus of Mercyhurst University.  The Workshop will be held in the Ensemble Room.

Howes, a formidable technician and spectacularly innovative musician, will format the Workshop as part Master Class for Mercyhurst violin students and jazz groups, part open discussion of jazz and jazz violin issues.

Appearances in Erie.

Howes has appeared in Erie as a performer on a number of occasions, most recently in the jazz concert series at Romolo Chocolates last summer.  There he both performed elegant jazz with a group of outstanding local musicians, including international star, bassist Tony Grey, and put on a spectacular one-man show, electronically looping plucked and bowed figures as a background rhythm section in real time, then bowing high-flying and gutsy lines against this just created background. (See the video Gnarles Barkley below.)  Amazing conception, control and nerve!

Christian HowesPerformer

As a performing musician, Howes has achieved widespread recognition:

 * "Violinist of the Year" by the Jazz Journalists Association,

 * 2011 Downbeat Critics Poll winner for "Rising Star/Jazz Violin,"

 * 2012/13 recipient of the Chamber Music American Residency Partnership Grant,

 * 2010, featured on PBS Documentary & liive DVD "Les Paul Live in New York,"performing with Les Paul and other musicians.

Howes' current CD, "Southern Exposure" is something of a departure, featuring Gallic accordion virtuoso Richard Galliano, and demonstrates his independent curiosity as he explores jazz relationships with European folk tradition.


Howes' educational approach is summed up on his website: "You're not a typical p;ayer?  GOOD!"

A former Associate Professor at Berklee, Howes helps string players and teachers expand into improvisation, composition, and go beyond the constraints of classical music.  He has presented workshops across the country.


A remarkable sample of Howes creating a composition/performance with electric violin is shown below.  Who else in the world can do this?

Another sample, this time with saxophonist Bill Evans' Soulgrass: Evans - saxophone, Joel Rosenblatt - drums, Dave Anderson - bass, Ryan Cavanaugh - banjo.



January 9, 2014