Saturday 22 February, 2020

Etienne Charles returns for Carnival: Sound of a People 2.0

One year after he staged a sold out concert in the midst of the Carnival season, jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles will return to Queen’s Hall on Sunday, January 14 for the second edition of his concert Carnival: The Sound of a People 2.0, presented by Monlo Music Ltd

The concert will feature never before heard compositions inspired by themes and traditions of Carnival as well as music from his latest album, Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol 1.

Carnival: the Sound of a People, is an opus that continues Charles’ penchant for the rituals of his homeland, composed after four months of travel and deep research across Trinidad and Tobago to unearth the arts of Carnival that highlight the vivid and vast elements of our culture and history. 

What he discovers is that Carnival traditions are alive and thriving in areas with strong communities and families.  Art forms such as the Tamboo Bamboo, Stick Fighting, Tambrin, Jab Jab, Blue Devils, Black Indian, Moko Jumbie, Fancy Sailor, Dame Lorraine, Steel and Iron Bands continue to grow and evolve after being passed from generation to generation through the oral tradition. 

This concert will dig deeper into our Carnival traditions, featuring some obscured performance traditions as well as goes into ideas of the dialogue between mas and society with respect to social commentary as well as history. 

The music will comprise some of the hits performed last year including Jab Molassie and Dame Lorraine. 

“The music is more adventurous as well as abstract for this show, with strong elements of social commentary,” says Charles.

The concert will feature Charles’s stellar the New York-based band comprising Godwin Louis (alto sax), James Francies (piano), Alex Wintz (guitar), Jonathan Michel (bass), Obed Calvaire (drums) plus special guests Claxton Bay Tamboo Bamboo, 2001 Jab Molassie,  Eric Nicholson, Keisha Julien-Rocke and folk drummers Everald 'Redman' Watson and Wayne 'Lion' Osuna. 

There will be a complimentary wine & cheese sampling reception immediately following the concert for attendees courtesy of HADCO.

Monlo Music Ltd is grateful for the generous support from Gold Sponsor Republic Bank. 

A few days before the concert, Charles will also host a free screening of videos he captured showing his research at the IMAX Theatre in Port-of-Spain. The free screening will take place on Thursday, January 11 at 5.30PM. 

The screening will be accompanied by a panel discussion featuring entertainer Wendell Manwarren, photographer/videographer Maria Nunes and recording engineer Robin Foster.

Charles wishes to thank the management of IMAX for supporting his efforts to foster a deeper understanding of our cultural traditions.

Etienne Charles, a Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts who serves as Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University recently received an NAACP Image Award Nomination for his work as Co-Producer, Composer, Arranger, Trumpeter and Percussionist on the album Petite Afrique by Somi. 

Carnival: The Sound of a People will take place on January 14 at Queen’s Hall, Port-of-Spain at 6 pm. Tickets cost $300 and can be bought at the following locations:

Queen's Hall Box Office, 624-1284

Häagen Dazs Westmall. 632-4160

Häagen Dazs Shops of Trincity, Tissue Drive, 640-0603

Häagen Dazs South Park, San Fernando, 653-9627

Wrapworks Deli, corner Ariapita Ave & de Verteuil St., Woodbrook, 797-9727

Ticket Hotline 682-1070

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