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Most Recent Castaway - 27th March, 2015
Christian Howes (2015)

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Violinist Christian Howes grew up in Columbus, Ohio. A Suzuki Method student, he was a soloist with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra at age 16. He went on to get his B.A. in Philosophy at Ohio State University.

Christian also played a little guitar and bass in rock 'n' roll bands in high school, and violin in church, so, over the years, as many playing opportunities as possible crossed his path. For example, he worked with Les Paul for over a decade, and was an associate professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston.

Christian was voted a rising star "Down Beat" in 2011 (although by now his star is fully ascendant). That same year, he launched the very popular Creative Strings Academy online education website.

Music saved Christian's life (he has a great story), so for years he has been giving back, working as tirelessly with schools and prison populations as he does in his seemingly perpetual musical travels.
Pick Artist Album Song Label
# 1 Dexter Gordon Doin' Allright It's You or No One Blue Note
# 2 Ray Charles Ray Sings, Basie Swings Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' Concord
# 3 Miguel Zenón Alma Adentro: The Puerto Rican Songbook Juguete Marsalis Music
# 4 Rez Abassi Intents and Purposes Low-Lee-Tah ENJA
# 5 David Binney Lifted Land Lifted Land Criss Cross
# 6 Herbie Hancock River: The Joni Letters Both Sides Now Columbia
         
Book Mary Baker Eddy, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures"
         
Luxury Item A Hacky Sack