Etienne Charles: Creole Christmas
December 9 @ 7:30 PM PST
A visionary bandleader, composer and multi-instrumentalist, Charles has developed a strikingly original body of tunes combining traditional rhythms and themes from Trinidad and Haiti with a post-bop harmonic lexicon. Scion of an illustrious musical clan, Charles is the fourth generation of his family to advance Caribbean music. A professor of jazz studies at Michigan State University and 2015 Guggenheim Fellow, he has staked his own claim as an innovator with a series of critically acclaimed albums, from his 2006 debut Culture Shock to 2019’s Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1 — an epic project devoted to the Carnival tradition of Trinidad.
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