Etienne Charles receives Sunshine Award

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Thursday October 18, 2018

From Loop Trinidad & Tobego

Etienne Charles receives Sunshine Award
By: Laura Dowrich-Phillips*

Jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles has been honoured for his dedication and commitment to the Performing Arts. Charles received the honour at the Sunshine Awards in New York on Sunday, October 13. The black-tie Gala was held at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey and featured performances by the Mighty Sparrow, Crazy, Keet Styla (formerly Designer), Signal Hill Alumni Choir, Lenox Picou, Dr. Whitty and the Mighty Chalkdust all accompanied by Charles Dougherty and the Circle of Friends Band.

“Thanks to the Sunshine Awards for their generosity and supportive recognition of my work. I’m humbled to receive this award for the Performing Arts at the 30th edition of this ceremony. Kudos to Gil Figaro, Dr Hollis Liverpool and the organising team for the vision to keep this tradition going and growing,’ Charles said.

Charles has been known for incorporating the cultural traditions of his native Trinidad and Tobago into his work. This is evident in his critically acclaimed concert – Carnival – the Sound of a People which debuted in T&T in 2017. The in-depth research for this compositional suite included Charles travelling home to Trinidad and Tobago to record and interview numerous Carnival practitioners while on a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Charles has been enjoying a busy and stellar year. This October, Charles begins travelling the world as part of the SFJAZZ Collective, an all-star ensemble comprising eight of the finest performer/composers at work in jazz today.

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