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Release: Sept. 8, 2000
Jazz violinist Regina Carter performs in University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jazz violinist Regina Carter, riding the wave of her
chart-topping 1999 CD "Rhythms of the Heart," will perform at 8
p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the University of Iowa Hancher Auditorium.
In addition to her three acclaimed solo albums, Carter has been busy demonstrating
her versatility across the recording industry, with appearances on releases
by popular artists including Cassandra Wilson, Lauryn Hill, May J. Blige,
Aretha Franklin, Dolly Parton, Max Roach and Billy Joel. Just two nights after
her Hancher concert, Carter will be featured with Sir Simon Rattle in an Ellington-tribute
concert at New Yorks Carnegie Hall.
One of the engagements that helped bring Carter to public attention was
her appearance -- on tour and recording -- in Wynton Marsalis Pulitzer
Prize-winning "Blood on the Fields," including a performance in
Carter says that when she stepped onstage to audition for Marsalis the only
thing on her mind was "I hope I make a lasting impression." But
by the end of her performance, all the flabbergasted Marsalis could do was
ask, "Whered you come from?"
The answer is Detroit, where Carter jammed and gigged with a variety of
jazz bands -- including the all-female group Straight Ahead -- before relocating
to New York in the early 1990s. She started on piano at the age of two, but
switched to violin at four, learning through the Suzuki method. "It was
a different way of learning that didn't force reading," she explains.
"Basically you were just playing the instrument and having fun with it.
It was a very loving type of system, that really helped my ear."
Immersed at first in classical music, with the goal of performing in a major
symphony orchestra, Carter changed course when she was exposed to the music
of French jazz-violin legend Stephane Grappelli and contemporary fusion violinist
Jean-Luc Ponty. Following their lead, Carter is on a mission to change the
way most people think about violin.
"I think a lot of people look at the violin and they get a little nervous,"
Carter notes. "They have a stereotype of what the violin is -- very high,
kind of shrill-sounding with long notes, and a lot of vibrato. It doesn't
have to be that at all, it can be a very fiery persuasive instrument and thats
how I like to use it. I don't think of how to make the violin work in this
music. For me, it just does. I dont feel that I have a lot of limitations
-- I feel like I can do anything."
Some of Carters playing evokes the late Frenchman Grappelli, who with
guitarist Django Reinhart set the music world on its ear 70 years ago. But
to that straight-ahead jazz style, she adds elements of funk, African and
Brazilian music, and soul to create what Charlie Hunt of the Detroit Free
Press described as " a mean and feisty violin."
Carters concert opens Hanchers 2000-2001 jazz programs. Other
jazz events during the season are Nicholas Paytons Louis Armstrong Centennial
Celebration on Nov. 1; the Mingus Big Band Jan. 20; and the Jazz at Lincoln
Center Sextet Jan. 26.
Cantebury Inn & Suites is the corporate sponsor of the Regina Carter
concert, through the University of Iowa Foundation.
Tickets are $23, $21 and $18. UI students and senior citizens qualify for
a 20-percent discount, with Zone 2 and 3 tickets available to UI students
for $10. Tickets for audience members 17 and younger are half price.
Ticket-buyers may take advantage of volume discounts on most events in the
season. A simultaneous purchase of three to five events qualifies for a 15-percent
discount, and a simultaneous purchase of six or more events qualifies for
a 20-percent discount.
Hancher box office hours are 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Saturdays. From the local calling area, dial (319) 335-1160. Long distance
is toll-free, 1-800-HANCHER. Fax to (319) 353-2284. Orders may be charged
to VISA, MasterCard or American Express. UI students may charge their purchases
to their university bills, and UI faculty and staff may select the option
of payroll deduction. Information and brochures may be requested by e-mail
People with special needs for access, seating and auxiliary services should
dial (319) 335-1158. This number will be answered by box office personnel
prepared to offer assistance with handicapped parking, wheelchair access and
seating, hearing augmentation and other services. The line is equipped with
TDD for people with hearing impairment who use that technology.
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