Etienne Charles – Carnival: The Sound of a People
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Toronto Centre for the Arts
Nov 16, 2018

Etienne Charles – Carnival: The Sound of a People

George Weston Recital Hall


During Carnival, the island of Trinidad becomes engulfed in a cacophony of sounds – from singing minstrels, to the clash of stick fights, and lively calypso music with its hallmark steel pan cadences.

As a Trinidadian raised in a musical family, trumpeter Etienne Charles feels a deep connection to the Carnival traditions. At a young age he joined his father’s steel band, performing at Carnival fetes, and immersing himself in the folklore. He returns to his roots to celebrate the traditions that best exemplify Trinidadian culture. Inspired by the noises heard throughout the festivities, Etienne’s Carnival: The Sound of a People brings the celebrations to the stage.

Hailed by The New York Times as “an auteur” and by JazzTimes as “a daring improviser who delivers with heart wrenching lyricism,” NPR’s All Things Considered calls Etienne, “a great young trumpeter…his records filter calypso, reggae and other Afro-Caribbean music into a modern jazz conception.” Critics and audiences alike continue to praise the Trinidadian’s exciting performances, thrilling compositions, and his charismatic onstage presence.
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Photos by Laura Ferreira

Behind The Curtain pre-show talk
Friday, November 16 with Dr. Keita Demming and Etienne Charles
6:45-7:30PM – in the Upper Gallery

Join us before the show on Friday, November 16, for a conversation with Etienne Charles and Dr Keita Demming, serial entrepreneur and host of the podcast Disruptive Conversations. Although they have left their island to help shape the world, Etienne and Keita are Trinidadian born innovators who continue to give back to their country of origin. In this conversation, they will explore how their shared roots have led them to dream big, push boundaries, and work with the organization 868Change to aid development on their island. Dr. Demming will also take the audience though Etienne's journey and explore how his Trinidadian roots shape his career today.
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Performance Times
Fri Nov 16, 8:00 PM
Pre-show Talks

6:45 - 7:30 Upper Gallery

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