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  1. Creative Strings Podcast ep. 18 - Changing Perceptions and Culture with 'Black Violin'

    In episode 18 of the Creative Strings Podcast, Christian Howes talks with Kev Marcus and Will Baptiste of Black Violin about how they got started, their influences and goals, how they created such a powerful movement around their work, and what this means for the string world and culture in general.

    Key topics:
    • How Kev and Wil discovered their musical sound
    • Their atypical education as string players
    • The core of their powerful message
    • Stereotypes they have busted through and their attitude about these stereotypes
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  2. Creative Strings Podcast episode 11: Storytelling, Philosophy, & Old Time Fiddle with Joe McHugh

    At the intersection of story telling, philosophy, and old time fiddle music lives Joe McHugh. Scroll down to take a journey! Listen and discover:
    • How to recognize and employ story telling in everything around us
    • Envisioning silence as a canvas. “It’s all silence”
    • The violin as literary symbol and bridge to other dimensions
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  3. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 7 — Conductor Markand Thakar On Achieving Transcendent Musical Performances (Part 2)

    Episode 7 is part two of Christian Howes's interview with conductor Markand Thakar, music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and co-director of graduate conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. This half of the interview explores more concepts from Thakar’s book Looking for the “Harp” Quartet: An Investigation into Musical Beauty, including:
    • Fundamental elements of totality of the sound
    • Balance, playing in ensembles, tempo, tone
    • Teaching and conducting
    Visit christianhowes.com for further notes, links and information about the topics discussed in this episode, as well as a full listing of the tracks used as musical samples. Visit electricviolinshop.com/creativestrings to receive a special discount for Christian Howes listeners!
     
     
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  4. Creative Strings Podcast Ep. 6 — Conductor Markand Thakar On Achieving Transcendent Musical Performances (Part 1)

    Episode 6 is part one in a two-part interview between Christian Howes and conductor Markand Thakar, music director of the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and co-director of graduate conducting at the Peabody Conservatory. This fist half of the interview delves into several concepts from Thakar’s book Looking for the “Harp” Quartet: An Investigation into Musical Beauty, including:
    • How music can move all of us
    • How to convey deeper beauty through music
    • The creation and release of tension on the micro and macro levels.
    Visit christianhowes.com for further notes, links and information about the topics discussed in this episode, as well as a full listing of the tracks used as musical samples. Visit electricviolinshop.com/creativestrings to receive a special discount for Christian Howes listeners!
     
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  5. Holiday Savings From Christian Howes Online Store

    Christian HowesJazz violinist and educator Christian Howes has graciously extended holiday discount specials to customers of Electric Violin Shop! Take 50% off instructional items in the Creative Strings Shop this month! (Starting as low as $1, these make perfect stocking stuffers for musicians) Get deals on summer camp tuition, our home study course, fun string ensemble charts, and more!
    Use coupon code "DECEMBER" right before checking out to receive your savings on scores, instructional courses, ebooks, and more: Visit the Creative Strings Shop here.
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