The Stockton Symphony presents a concert in their Music Beyond Borders series, co-sponsored by San Joaquin Delta College on October 4 featuring the innovative and eclectic electric violinist Tracy Silverman. Silverman will give a solo performance along with commentary about his innovative instrument and his playing style, foreshadowing his return to play with the Stockton Symphony in February. The concert will be held in the Tillie Lewis Theatre on the Delta College campus in Stockton at 7:30PM.
A product of the 70s, Tracy Silverman wanted to rock out with the rest of the decade in a rock and roll band. Instead of picking up the guitar he chose the violin, and after graduating from Juilliard, built one of the first six-string violins—setting his own course as a musical pioneer, designing and performing on an instrument that did not previously exist. As to his musical style, Silverman explains, “My voice as an electric violinist comes from the fact that I have always been interested in non-classical music—rock, jazz, music from India, Africa and Brazil. I entered Juilliard wanting to be the next Jasha Heifetz but I left wanting to be the next Jimi Hendrix. It was actually fortuitous that I couldn’t play guitar or saxophone and was limited to finding a way to get all those sounds out of a violin instead."
With his many current groups and projects, Silverman successfully emulates the true rock sound with his self-designed, six-stringed electric violin. His repertoire transcends classical and rock; it reaches from funk to folk, from eastern Indian to avant garde. His vast collection of electronic loops and pedals allow him to tap into any sound he chooses. His diversity and virtuosic technique is what brings BBC Radio to claim he is “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin.”
As a diverse electric violinist, Tracy Silverman has performed concertos with orchestras such as The LA Philharmonic, has performed tunes with string quartets such as the groundbreaking Turtle Island String Quartet, has jammed with bands such as his newest rock project Eclectica, and has even written solo works utilizing his loop pedal and his own vocals. The LA Times calls him “inspiring” and says he “is in a class of his own.”
Tickets are $28 for adults and $12 for students (service fees already included) and can be purchased at www.StocktonSymphony.org
or by calling the Symphony office at (209) 951-0196. Silverman will return to Stockton on February 1, 2014, to perform Kenji Bunch’s “Embrace,” a concerto for electric violin, with the full Stockton Symphony. Tickets are also available now. Video samples of Silverman performances, information on all Symphony and Stockton Pops performances, and information about the Stockton Symphony, please visit www.StocktonSymphony.org