Named the Best Violinist in jazz by the JazzTimes Critics' Poll for 2012, Regina Carter's violin has expressed moods inspired by European classical, bebop, Afro-Cuban and Southern blues music. On her new album 'Reverse Thread,' and in this recent performance at the NPR Music offices, Carter plays traditional African melodies, re-imagined through her own jazz sensibilities. With the release of Reverse Thread, Regina Carter invites us to a world of hypnotically beautiful African folk melodies. Lauded as one of the finest violinists of her generation, Carter captures both the essence and allure of the original music through a lens of contemporary interpretation. Reverse Thread blends the exquisite sound of Regina’s violin with the kora (West African harp) and accordion.
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 “Cannon” 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. Blige. With Reverse Thread, Regina takes a giant step forward by making a meaningful musical contribution on her own terms.
The Colonial is very pleased and honored to be able to bring this world renowned artist, and MacArthur “genius” grant recipient to the area.
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