Etienne Charles: Joy and sorrow

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Monday May 20, 2019

From The Lansing City Pulse

Etienne Charles: Joy and sorrow

“The longest days of summer, a nationally acclaimed new album, a long-deferred homecoming and sudden, unexpected loss ‘” Etienne Charles has a lot to celebrate and solemnize in his East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival set Friday.

But he’s up to it. For all its melody and dance appeal, his music rides the circle of life and death, through history and in the moment, for dear life.

‘Carnival: Sound of a People,’ Charles’ buoyant new CD, calls to life the colorful characters and harrowing history of the trumpeter’s native Trinidad and Tobago. The variegated, vibrant musical canvas has earned Charles major press coverage nationwide, but until now, the ‘Carnival’ experience hasn’t been unleashed in East Lansing.

‘It’s the first time I’m getting to bring my full traveling group to East Lansing, ever, and I’ve been here for 10 years,’ Charles said. ‘It means a lot to me to come here and present this music, because it’s profound ‘” the record took a lot out of me, in terms of time, research and resources.’ “

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