A Workshop with Etienne Charles (Assistant Professor, College of Music, Michigan State

The Faculty of Music and Caribbean Studies at New College, University of Toronto present

DATE: September 18th
PLACE: Boyd Neel Room, Edward Johnson Building, Faculty of Music, 80 Queen’s Park
TIME: 12 – 2 p.m.

poster vertBorn in the island of Trinidad and Tobago in 1983, young trumpeter Etienne Charles –whose musical lineage runs at least four generations deep – defies easy musical categorization. He is a graduate of the world-renowned Juilliard School of Music in New York City, where he received a full scholarship to pursue his Master’s degree. He has
performed and recorded in many musical genres with a range of Grammy award winning musicians that include Roberta Flack, Wynton Marsalis, the Count Basie Orchestra, Marian Schneider, as well as with David Rudder, Monty Alexander, Lord Blakie, Marcus Roberst and Rene Marie. He has just released his second album, Folklore. Etienne Charles, who like his father Francis Charles was once a member of Phase II, one of the island’s most progressive steelbands, stands at the vanguard of a new generation of musicians who are from the Caribbean but are not totally of it, in terms of a fresh and broad-ranging artistic vision, and in the myriad influences encompassed in their soundscape.


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