Jennifer Curtis, violin
Sunday, March 31, 2019 · 7:30PM
White Box Live Arts, Liberty Station
2590 Truxton Rd #205
San Diego, CA
Tickets at the door: $20/$10 for students
Jennifer Curtis navigates with personality and truth in every piece she performs. Her second solo concert at Carnegie Hall was described by the New York Times as “one of the gutsiest and most individual recital programs,” and she was celebrated as “an artist of keen intelligence and taste, well worth watching out for.”
An improviser, composer, and multi-instrumentalist, Curtis is a member of the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE) and founder of the group Tres Americas Ensemble. She has appeared as a soloist with the Simon Bolivar Orchestra in Venezuela and the Knights Chamber Orchestra; performed in Romania in honor of George Enescu; given world premieres at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York; collaborated with composer John Adams at the Library of Congress; and appeared at El Festival de las Artes Esénias in Peru and festivals worldwide. Her compositions have been performed at the Verbier Festival de Musique, El Festival de Artes Escénicas de Lima, throughout the US and include commissions by Cornell University and Paperhand Puppet Intervention.
Her collaborations range from Afro-Peruvian legend Susana Baca to Nrityagram Dance Ensemble. She is currently recording a solo CD commemorating the music of George Enescu with a world premiere recording for solo violin, and is also working with New York based improviser/composer/drummer Tyshawn Sorey on a new project. In summer 2018, she had a world premiere at Lincoln Center's Mostly Mozart festival in New York City and was the composer/performer in residence with North Carolina's local treasure: Paperhand Puppet Intervention.
An educator with a focus on music as humanitarian aid, Curtis has also collaborated with Andean musical shamans, improvised for live radio from the interior of the Amazon jungle, and taught and collaborated with Kurdish refugees in Turkey. She joins the Haw River Ballroom’s Culture Mill in Saxapahaw, North Carolina as artist in residence this fall, and is teaching improvisation at Duke University. She has held her “Musicianship and the Art of Interpretation” workshop for string players at Oberlin Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, and Cornell University. She also incorporated the workshop’s underlying principles into her classes during her tenure as a visiting professor of music at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. This winter she travels to India to compose and collaborate with Nrityagram Dance Company.
Curtis plays a 1777 violin crafted by Sicilian Vincenzo Panormo, whose work is among the best in the history of British violin making, despite his Italian origins.