Columbus, OH & Asheville, NC
Named top 3 in the Downbeat Critics Poll in his category and nominated Violinist of the Year by the Jazz Journalist Association, Christian Howes takes the violins far beyond its traditional classical repertoire. From jazz, gospel, a touch of latin, to bluegrass and Americana, Christian Howes is a versatile musician highly recognized as one of the pioneers of improvisation [for strings]. Among many accolades, his 2015 release, “American Spirit” was named among the Best Jazz Albums of 2015″ by the Huffington Post. This summer, Christian celebrates over 1 million views on his Youtube channel with the highly anticipated: Flipping Bach's Violin Partita.
Howes is the founder of “Creative Strings,” a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a mission to expand music education through the creation of online curriculum, an annual summer conference, and dozens of visits to schools annually teaching improvisation, contemporary styles, and related subjects. He endorses Yamaha violins and D’Addario strings.
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American Spirit Christian Howes Quintet
Their shows offer a mix of gospel, swing, and jazz that places inspiration over technique and makes listeners feel good.
(Available in duo or quartet with bass and drums).
Southern Exposure Christian Howes Quintet
This program features a fusion of modern jazz with a passionate mix of “southern” cultures including Argentinian tango, Brazilian choro and bossa, and Spanish flamenco.