Etienne Charles is a performer, composer and storyteller, who is continuously searching for untold stories and sounds with which to tell them.Artist Bio
Earth Tones is a multimedia jazz performance featuring original compositions that document and feature peoples and regions that are, and will be severely affected by climate change. The music will highlight nature-based climate change solutions such as mangrove swamps, coral reefs, oyster beds, seagrass, sand dunes, mud volcanoes, watersheds, and forests that can protect against severe climate disaster. Featuring sounds, stories, images, short films, and musicians of at-risk coastal communities, the performance asks audiences to make necessary changes in their daily lives to help lessen the severity of climate change’s effects in the future.
Meridian Charter Township, MI
Etienne Charles is a performer, composer and storyteller, who is continuously searching for untold stories and sounds with which to tell them. 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. 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. A firm believer in music and performance as a tool for provoking thought and dialogue, Charles’s themes speak to the status quo while drawing parallels to history. His lush trumpet sound, varied compositional textures and pulsating percussive grooves enable him to invoke a trance, soothing and exciting listeners while referencing touchy and sometimes controversial subjects in his music. To research his compositions, he travels 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 the regions at the roots of migrations.
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