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Berks Jazz Fest comes to Penn State Berks

Tracy Silverman
Tracy Silverman, who has performed several times as part of Berks Jazz Fest, will play his groundbreaking work with the six-string electrical violin at the college on Wednesday, March 30, 2011, at 7:30 p.m. in the Perkins Student Center Auditorium.

Lauded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin,” Silverman’s work has redefined string playing and influenced an entire generation of string players. Shortly after graduating from the Julliard School in 1980, Silverman built one of the first-ever six-string violins and began a lifelong adventure as a musical pioneer, designing, building, and performing on an instrument that did not previously exist.

“The additional two lower strings open up a door not just to a lower register but to a completely new approach as a chordal instrument like the guitar, which in turn taught me a more complete and integrated way of using the bow which I call ‘strum bowing,’” explains Silverman.

An international touring artist, Silverman has performed at major concert venues from Sao Paulo to Vienna, from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl. This presentation is part of the 2011 Berks Jazz Fest, which runs March 25 – April 3, 2011, and the college's Arts and Lecture series. For more information, contact the Office of Campus Life at 610-396-6076.
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