Trumpeter and bandleader Etienne Charles explores his musical roots in Creole Soul! He buoyantly taps into a myriad of styles from his Afro-Caribbean background including calypso and Haitian voodoo music. Charles performs with the dynamic stage presence befitting an artist who has worked with the likes of Roberta Flack, René Marie, David Rudder, Wynton Marsalis and more.
Born on the Island of Trinidad in 1983, Charles defies easy musical categorization. A recipient of a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship and recent Chamber Music America Grant for New Works, he has been hailed by New York Times as "an auteur". According to Downbeat Magazine "Charles delivers his ebullient improvisations with the elegance of a world-class ballet dancer."
He has received critical acclaim for his exciting performances, thrilling compositions and knack for connecting with audiences worldwide. More recently, he received the distinct honor of being selected as a 2015 Guggenheim Fellow in the Creative Arts.
“A daring improviser, Charles also delivers with heart-wrenching lyricism.” – Jazz Times