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Creative Collaboration 

Violin virtuoso Regina Carter. (Photo by David Katzenstein)

ALBANY, N.Y. (Jan. 4, 2016) -- A popular conversation series in the arts continues with two additional artists in the spring semester: violin virtuoso Regina Carter and renowned American painter David Salle.

Carter will participate on Sat., Feb. 11, at 4:30 p.m.; Salle, on Thursday, March 23, at 7 p.m. Both will appear at the Performing Arts Center.

Their appearances are part of The Creative Life: A Conversation Series at UAlbany, an exciting initiative of the New York State Writers Institute, UAlbany Performing Arts Center and University Art Museum, all of which are housed by and function on the main campus. Other guests this academic year included author Joyce Carol Oates and dancer Savion Glover. The series is intended to bring attention to the vibrant arts community on campus.

Regina Carter

Classically trained, Regina Carter is considered the foremost jazz violinist of her generation. After living and playing in Germany and Detroit, she moved to New York, where she launched her career as a band leader. She drew attention for her work on the recording of Wynton Marsalis’s composition Blood on the Fields which won a Pulitzer Prize. She toured with Marsalis in 1997 and went on the road with jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson in 1998.

In 2001, Carter became the first jazz musician and the first African-American to play the 250-year-old Guarneri violin once owned by Niccolo Paganini. She played this violin during a special benefit concert and recorded her CD, Paganini: After a Dream, a mix of classical music and jazz.

In 2006, she won the MacArthur “Genius Award.” Her current project is Simply Ella, celebrating the centennial of Ella Fitzgerald’s birth, which she will perform at The Egg at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11.

David Salle

David Salle is an internationally renowned painter whose work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Whitney Museum of American Art, Guggenheim Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tate Museum and National Galerie of Berlin. He also has worked extensively over the last 25 years with choreographer Karole Armitage, creating sets and costumes for many of her ballets and operas.

Salle is also a prolific writer on art. His essays and interviews have appeared in Artforum, Art in America, Modern Painters, The Paris Review and Artnews. He is a regular contributor for Town & Country Magazine. His collection of critical essays, How to See: Looking, Talking, and Thinking About Art, was published by W.W. Norton in 2016. Following the conversation on March 23, there will be a reception and book signing with Salle in the University Art Museum.

Presented by The University at Albany Foundation, the series features live onstage interviews conducted by WAMC’s Joe Donahue with artists of national and international prominence in conversation about their creative inspiration, their craft, their careers and the demands of sustaining an artistic practice over time. A question and answer period closes each of the programs.

Major support for The Creative Life was provided by The University at Albany Foundation with additional support from the Alumni Association, College of Arts and Sciences, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice President for Research and University Auxiliary Services.

The Creative Life events are free and open to the public. More information can be obtained by calling the Performing Arts Center’s box office at (518) 442-3997.

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