Evan Garr is an up and coming jazz violinist currently touring with legendary jazz fusion and Latin jazz guitarist Al Di Meola. Hailing from Detroit, Evan was discovered at a young age and has spent years perfecting his technical sound and unique style. Evan also writes, performs and records his own music. Enjoy this interview and be sure visit www.evangarrviolinist.com to hear more of Evan's music.
0:00 Music: “Race with the Devil” Al Di Meola w/Evan Garr 2:48 On his musical upbringing and moving from classical into jazz 8:29 Getting into instrument building 9:53 Evan’s current electric violin 11:34 Early gigs (Norman Connors)
13:30 Music: “A New Beginning” from The Chill Out Album, Evan Garr
15:29 How Evan landed a gig with Al Di Meola
21:26 Evan’s rhythm “guitar” and bowing techniques
26:30 Music: “Play Time” - from The Chill Out Album - Evan Garr
28:50 Playing with Jean-Luc Ponty
29:54 On how he learns jazz lines by ear
32:59 Evan’s practice routine
34:46 Looking ahead to new career opportunities
37:52 Music: 313 - The Live Experience featuring Evan Garr
In the inaugural episode of the 'Rockstar Violinist' podcast, Electric Violin Shop's Matt Bell interviews rock violin legend and electric violin pioneer Mark Wood on the floor of the NAMM show. Mark Wood shares stories about:
- his classical viola upbringing
- his entry into rock music
- his experiences performing and touring with world renowned acts like Celine Dion and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra
- his invention of the Viper electric violin, first as a performance instrument for himself, then as the flagship instrument for his instrument company Wood Violins.