This will be a treat for string players of all types. Please come to hear the MMC sponsored concert but more importantly bring your instrument willingness to learn and interact with this GREAT band as they share the stage with you for the IMW this month.

Christian Howes
christian howes
with Hamilton Hardin (keyboards) and Cedric Easton (drums)
Sunday, April 13
Concert: 3-5 pm
Improvisational Music Workshop: 6-7 pm
@ The Brink Lounge
701 E. Washington Ave. Madison, WI

Jazz violinist, educator, and producer Christian Howes grew up in Columbus, Ohio, where he studied classically from the age of five, performing as a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at age 16 and later receiving his bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the Ohio State University.
At age twenty, a “cultural intervention” occurred when Christian had the opportunity to perform at regular gospel church services. “Playing in the gospel church services influenced me to change musical directions. The experience was so different from the classical music world; it felt fresh and inspiring. It became my mission to become a violinist with a strong voice in jazz.” Since his shift 21 years ago, he has gained great notoriety from critics and players alike as one of the world’s most respected jazz violinists. Christian was a favorite of the late Les Paul, with whom he worked for 11 years. Says Christian of his mentor, “Les defied categorization in terms of age or genre. His character, approach to life, and musicianship taught me many valuable lessons.” From 2001-2010 Howes become an in-demand violinist on the New York scene, collaborating with a bevy of top shelf jazz artists, including Greg Osby, D.D. Jackson, Frank Vignola, Joel Harrison, Dafnis Prieto, Dave Samuels, Spyro Gyra, and a 4-year chair in Bill Evans’ “Soulgrass” band.
In 2013, he was voted among the top three violinists in JazzTimes’ “2012 Expanded Critics Poll“. In August 2011, Christian was ranked as the #1 “Rising Star” violinist in the Downbeat Critics Poll. He was a nominee for the Jazz Journalists Association’s “Violinist Of The Year” in 2011. In 2012, he received the Residency Partnership from Chamber Music America for his work in outreach with orchestral education programs. He regularly tours throughout Asia, Europe, and the U.S. as a leader of his own groups and a soloist with orchestras. Says All About Jazz, ”as a jazz violinist he has no peer.” The Minneapolis Tribune called Christian “arguably the most intriguing young violinist in jazz.” According to the Chicago Reader, “Not since Jean Luc Ponty has a violinist ranged from pure classical to fuzz-tone rock to convincing jazz with such authority.”
After releasing a string of independently released CDs as a leader, he signed with Resonance Records in 2008 and released two critically acclaimed CDs. The first, “Heartfelt,” featuring pianist Roger Kellaway, features ballads and lyrical works. “Out of the Blue” released in 2010 features guitarist Robben Ford, and demonstrates a wide range of modern and traditional sensibilities, steeped in the blues.
Rich was trained in drums & percussion at the prestigious University of
North Texas from 1990 to 1995 where he studied with Ed Soph, Mike
Drake, and Rich MacDonald. While in Texas Rich found himself in live
and studio situations with many world class artists including Andy
Timmons (Olivia Newton John), Keith Carlock (Sting, Steely Dan),
Aden Bubeck (Miranda Lambert), Bill Ham (Cher), Lou Carfa (Maynard
Furgeson), and many, many others.
Rich has given master classes, clinics, and taught music camps all
over the country. He is the author of a four-way independence book
“Directions In Drumming”, and has put out two solo cdʼs of original
compositions. Rich is also a teaching artist for Raviniaʼs “reach, teach,
and play” outreach program where he visits the Chicago Public
Elementary Schools and teaches jazz & classical music to K-3 grade.
Rich has always kept a very busy performing, recording, and touring
career. He has toured throughout the United States, as well as
internationally including Mexico, Canada, Spain, Italy, Greece, Turkey,
Egypt, and Sinai. He has worked with many artists in all genres
including legendary soulstress Mary Wilson of the Supremes 2002, the
Grammy nominated rocker Cathy Richardson (Jefferson Starship)
2004-2009, guitar genius Joel Hoekstra (Night Ranger) 2004-2009,
Platinum selling & Grammy winning country superstar Miranda
Lambert 2007, jazz violin whiz Christian Howes (Les Paul Trio, Bill
Evans) 2001, superstar saxman Cornelius Bumpus (Steely Dan,
Doobie Brothers) 2001, world music songstress/blues diva Anne Harris
(Otis Taylor, Jefferson Starship) 2004-present, transcendent folk/
country artist Ernie Hendrickson (2008 – present), as well as a plethora
of equally amazing artists from all over the country, and countless
world class musicians for recording & live work.
Vijay’s began playing piano at the age of five. His musical
acclaim began early, winning local piano competitions. Starting at
ten years old, he won the Eastern Illinois University Young
Composers Contest three years in a row, garnering national
attention for his orchestral compositions. He continued studying
music and began performing professionally in high school on
piano and guitar. He attended Northwestern University on
scholarship from the Oak Park Arts Alliance and received a
bachelors degree in Music Technology in 1997. During that time,
he studied recording arts as well as jazz and classical piano,
composition, music theory and communication studies. In 1999
Vijay received his masters degree from Northwestern University’s
Communication Studies department. During undergraduate
studies, Vijay began performing with Chris Clemente and Chris
Siebold in what would become “Kick the Cat”.
In addition to currently being a member of Kick the Cat, Ernie
Denov’s “Bad Dog U”, Nicholas Barron Hyperactive, Band of
Joes, Frank Catalano Group, and Louis Stockwell Organ
Quartet, Vijay has performed with Fareed Haque Group, Orbert
Davis, Bill Quateman, Street Dancer, Luis Ewerling’s Acor do
Brasil, the national tours of The Lion King and Wicked, Sumo,
Kalyan Pathak’s Jayho Jazzmata, Tributosaurus, Brother
Brother, Mike Ferro’s Townsound, Funk House, Ross Bon and
too many others to name.
In addition to performing, Vijay also is one of the owners of the
celebrated Chicago recording studio Curried Bagel Recording