Violinist Luca Ciarla will play Sept. 15 at Fuller Lodge in Los Alamos. Courtesy photo
BY MAIRE O’NEILL
World-renowned violinist Luca Ciarla will perform at 7 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 15 at Fuller Lodge in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute of Los Alamos. The concert is being hosted by the Los Alamos Arts Council.
Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at Fuller Lodge Art Center, Bathtub Row Brewing Co-Op or online at the Council’s Eventbrite Page. Tickets may also be purchased and donated to Los Alamos Public Schools band and orchestra students through their teachers.
Ciarla, who is from Termoli, Italy has been called a violin magician. His innovative style includes not only playing the violin, but playing it like a guitar, a cello or percussion. During his performances, he is likely to sing, whistle or play other instruments. His program for his one-month tour of the United States includes music from the Mediterranean, traditional Italian folk tunes, jazz, classical and contemporary folk music.
In addition to Los Alamos, his tour includes performances in Homer, Alaska, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Chicago and Las Vegas, Nev.
The Italian newspaper la Repubblica has called Ciarla ”one of the most interesting violinists nowadays on the international scene, capable of browsing around different sounds and genres without ever losing his unmistakable style”.
Ciarli has been playing violin and piano since he was eight years old. As he got older he began exploring jazz and improvisation. He earned a degree in Violin in 1993 and went on to study at the Fiesole School of Music and Scuola di Alto Perfezionamento Musicale in Saluzzo, Italy before coming to the United States. He obtained his Master’s degree at Indiana University and studied jazz with David Baker and went on to receive a Doctorate in Musical Arts at the University of Arizona.
He has performed in some 70 countries including South Africa and Australia.
Ciarli’s music may be heard here: