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Friday, January 17, 2025 11:00 AM // Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

School Day Performance for Grades 6-12:
Etienne Charles: Earth Tones

School Day Performance
 

Trinidad-born jazz musician, composer, and storyteller Etienne Charles continuously searches for untold stories and the sounds with which to tell them. 

Earth Tones, is a multimedia jazz performance featuring original compositions, images, and film. The performance invites students into a sensory journey that includes sounds, video, stories, and musical idioms from at-risk coastal communities, depicting the effects of global warming from tropical islands to the Louisiana Bayou. Featuring musicians from the very communities most at risk, the performance balances blunt reality, eternal optimism, and surrealism, ultimately offering an exhortation to address climate change’s impact on our future.

Meet the Artist

Etienne Charles

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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School Day Performance for Grades 6-12:
Etienne Charles: Earth Tones

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Reservations are now open

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Register Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

Friday, January 17, 2025 11:00 AM
Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre

School Day Performance for Grades 6-12:
Etienne Charles: Earth Tones

School Day Performance
Register
Reservations are now open

Trinidad-born jazz musician, composer, and storyteller Etienne Charles continuously searches for untold stories and the sounds with which to tell them. 

Earth Tones, is a multimedia jazz performance featuring original compositions, images, and film. The performance invites students into a sensory journey that includes sounds, video, stories, and musical idioms from at-risk coastal communities, depicting the effects of global warming from tropical islands to the Louisiana Bayou. Featuring musicians from the very communities most at risk, the performance balances blunt reality, eternal optimism, and surrealism, ultimately offering an exhortation to address climate change’s impact on our future.

Meet the Artist

Etienne Charles

Thank You to Our Sponsors

SUPPORTING SPONSOR

  • David Leichtman and Lauran McGinn

PATRON SPONSOR

  • Anonymous
  • Laurence and Barbara Baker
  • David and Kiana Barfield Family Foundation
  • James and Nancy Stanley
  • Marianne Udow-Phillips and Bill Phillips

Reserve

School Day Performance for Grades 6-12:
Etienne Charles: Earth Tones

Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre
Reservations are now open

CHOOSE A PERFORMANCE:

Reserve

Or call the ticket office at 734-764-2538

* Student, Senior and Group Discounts may be available

Etienne Charles

Trinidad born Etienne Charles is a performer, composer and storyteller, who is continuously searching for untold stories and sounds with which to tell them.

His lush trumpet sound, varied compositional textures and pulsating percussive grooves enable him to invoke trance, soothing and exciting listeners while referencing touchy and sometimes controversial subjects in his music.

A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and 2022 Creative Capital Awardee, he researches his compositions by travelling to the regions on which he is focused, meeting with musicians and cultural leaders then observing and participating in rituals to be fully immersed into the cultures that he is studying.

As an Afro-descendant, his work is actively connecting the diaspora and drawing lines to regions at the roots of migrations. Highlighting marginalized communities and engaging with them has been his mission, evident with projects such as Carnival: The Sound of a People Vol. 1, San Jose Suite, Creole Soul, and Folklore.

A firm believer in music and performance as a tool for provoking thought and dialogue, Charles’ themes speak to the status quo while drawing parallels to history. With his latest commissioned project, San Juan Hill, he goes a step further by exploring the storied New York neighborhood to bring the culture of San Juan Hill to the mainstage.

His concerts engage, enlighten, educate and enrich audiences with energized multidisciplinary performance utilizing original composition, thematic improvisation, dance, short films and spoken word to create a holistic experience.

In June 2012, he was written into the US Congressional Record for his musical contributions to Trinidad & Tobago and the World. In 2013, his album Creole Soul reached #1 for three weeks on the Jazzweek chart and was eventually named #3 Jazz Album of the year by Jazzweek. Also in 2013 he received the Caribbean Heritage Trailblazer award from the Institute of Caribbean Studies (Washington, DC). In 2016 he was the recipient of the Michigan State University Teacher Scholar Award, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Millennial Swing award and was a featured panelist and performer at the White House for a Caribbean Heritage Month Briefing. He made his debut as producer and songwriter on the album Petite Afrique by Somi (Sony/Okeh 2017) which won Outstanding Jazz Album at the 2018 NAACP Image Awards.

Learn more at etiennecharles.com.