Tyler Carson performs on September 29 at Shirley Community Hall.

One impossible bird: Tyler Carson, violinist

Shirley Hill Boogies present a night of unique violin music

Shirley Hill Boogie night

 

Pirjo Raits

Sooke News Mirror

Musical prodigies are born, not made and Tyler Carson is one of them.

He’s been playing the violin since he was five years old. His first classical violin teacher said he “was very talented and very lazy.” She wanted him to practice two hours a day but he thought his 20 minutes was great. “This combination of training led me to this place of solo violin playing,” said Carson.

It’s unique, he said, it’s from the moment and has all the excitement of folk along with the discipline of classical mixed for a total musical experience.

Carson has defined his own musical path and it comes through him not from him.

“I’ve never felt that music came from me. It always felt like it came through me,” he said.

This revelation came during a trip to India where he felt he played to the energy in the room. This was a defining moment for him, it intrigues himself and others and he was recorded by India’s Auroville radio.

“This music is what I’ve been waiting for. To have been taken out of my comfort zone and immersed in a culture so musically vital as India, has taken me to an entirely new place as a musician. I am so excited to share this journey with my Canadian and American Pacific Northwest friends,” states Carson.

He explained his process as not using a bow but strumming the violin finger-style in a raga kind of way.

In the past he performed with the Victoria Symphony at age 13 but soon threw off  classical violin and turned to fiddling. He is the brother of Kendel Carson, who has performed at the Sooke Bluegrass Festival with the band Outlaw Social in year’s past. Tyler has also performed with Four Chords of Wood and also with Adam Dobres. They recorded an album in Sooke. His most recent pairing was in the duo Impossible Bird with Nick Drummond.

Carson will be performing at the Shirley Community Hall on Sunday, September 29 at 7 p.m. He is being brought to Shirley for the Shirley Hill Boogies. For those who don’t know, the Shirley Hill Boogies were live music  events at the Shirley hall in years past. They have sort of resurrected themselves to bring music to the hall once again.

Organizer Nick Wilde said the plan is to be “regularly irregular” with performances. He isn’t old enough to be one of the original boogies, but he said they were a bunch of his relatives and he heard tales of them and the rather wild boogie nights.

He is the point man for tickets online (nick.wilde.90@gmail.com) or they can be purchased at Shirley Delicious, Stick in the Mud and Shoppers Drug Mart.

The event is also a CD release party for Carson. His CD is a result of that trip to India and is his debut album as a solo violinist. “Living Violin” is a new genre of musical magic that creates wondrous worlds to explore together through sound. (www.tylercarsonmusic.com)

There are only 70 tickets available for this concert, all ages are welcome.

Carson is looking forward to the Sunday night gig, he said he really likes the community spirit out in Shirley.