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
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We get lots of calls and emails about MIDI violins. MIDI options for violins have been around for decades, but were only compatible with synthesizers that are now obsolete and only available on the used market. Also, latency and slower triggering made these MIDI violin systems less than ideal for most performers.
We are pleased to announce that we now carry two violins that are compatible with a high quality, available and currently produced MIDI synthesizer. The Fourness Fuse, with its newly calibrated 13 pin MIDI jack, and Cantini violins, with their proprietary 8-pin to 13-pin adaptor cable, have passed our in-house testing and are for sale on our site for use with the Roland GR-55 synthesizer.
by Omar Lopez