Tracy Silverman, Artist-in-Residence

Lauded by the BBC as “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin”, Tracy Silverman has redefined the instrument with his instantly recognizable trademark sound. His groundbreaking work with the six-string electric violin has forever transformed violin playing, much as Hendrix redefined the electric guitar. A Juilliard graduate, Tracy performed the premier of John Adams’ electric violin concerto ‘The Dharma at Big Sur’ at the gala opening of the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s Walt Disney Concert Hall. The piece was written for Silverman and he recorded it in 2004 for Nonesuch Records with John Adams conducting the BBC Symphony. Tracy has toured and recorded with composer Terry Riley, was first violinist with the Turtle Island String Quartet, and has recorded and produced many CDs for Windham Hill Records. He has performed and recorded with major symphonies and has produced and toured extensively with pianist Jim Brickman. Tracy’s ‘Electric Violin Concerto’ has been choreographed by Henrique Rodovolho and the Bale Teatro Guaira in Brazil. Tracy has taught at Macalester College in St. Paul, and at the MacPhail Center for the Arts in Minneapolis and regularly gives workshops all over the world, including the Stanford Jazz Workshop, Jazz in July at Amherst, Oberlin Conservatory and many others. He is a favorite instructor at Mark O’Connor’s annual fiddle camp, and currently holds a teaching position at Belmont University in Nashville, where he teaches exclusively jazz and rock violin. An international touring artist, Tracy has performed at major concert venues all over the world, and is currently touring internationally with his solo concerts, with his rock band Eclectica, as a member of the Terry Riley Trio, The Great Big Piano Trio with Philip Aaberg and Eugene Friesen, and with the Quarteto Sao Paulo in Brazil. For more information see www.tracysilverman.com. 

James Matchett