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For more than 20 years, renowned violinist/composer Christian Howes has been powerfully moving audiences all over the world as an artist with a distinctly American voice, forging ground at the intersections of jazz, classical, and world music. But when the U.S. State Department invited him to Montenegro and war-torn Ukraine in the past year, it was Christian's turn to be profoundly affected.
These and other recent developments in the violinist's career and personal life have inspired Howes to call for a "reframing of the discussion about what it is to take pride in being American" on the Ohio native's fourth recording for Resonance Records - American Spirit - being released Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.
"Working with the Embassies in the Ukraine and Montenegro after years of international tours, noticing the polarization in America, and feeling an urge to stand for something bigger than myself as my daughter leaves for college - all of these things have inspired me to think about what it means to be American," Howes asserts. "Growing up in the '80s, the idea of American pride was taught to me in relation to events specific to that era, but we are in a different time now. This project is my way of inviting people to reflect on, articulate and express what American Spirit means for them today. No one group of people or ideology should be able to claim exclusive ownership of this pride. We should each claim it for ourselves on our own terms. I believe we can grow together through this process."
"This newest recording finds him breathing fresh air into the tried and true, from spirituals to classic blues to slices of pop culture to familiar Americana and classical expressions, in a program of eight standards leavened with three of his originals," Willard Jenkins reveals in his liner notes included with the recording.