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Tracy Silverman played as if he believed in every note and there was a whooping standing ovation." - Scott Cantrell


Fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix - Anthony Tommasini


"Tracy Silverman wove an endless freewheeling melody that at times resembled a Jimi Hendrix solo."

- Alex Ross


“The greatest living exponent of the electric violin.”--BBC Radio - BBC Radio


“Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own”—Mark Swed, LA TImes - Mark Swed


"Above all, a new solo language, forged expressly for the classically trained jazz electric violinist Tracy Silverman. His deep engagement with the Asian-influenced music coursed through his strong, supple virtuosity."
--Hilary Finch, The Times, (London) Tuesday, August 24, 2004
- Hillary Finch


"Dharma is a concerto for electric violin. That violin, as Tracy Silverman miraculously plays it, evokes Jimi Hendrix's wailing electric guitar and Ravi Shankar's astral sitar when it is not suggesting a mellow cello or even a plain old violin. And Silverman, in an inspiring display of dharmic duty, has astonishingly memorized difficult music. Every detail is notated. But his performance Thursday, during which he wandered around the stage, even executing a few slow whirling dervish twirls while playing, sounded free (if anything but easy) and improvised."
--Mark Swed, LA Times, May 27, 2005
- Mark Swed


"A winsome fellow with Kenny G curls and an endearingly blissed-out air, soloist Tracy Silverman drew from his souped-up fiddle ecstatic shrieks, soulful growls, and swoops and slides of phosphorescent radiance."
--Marion Lignana Rosenberg, Newsday, June 8, 2005
- Marion Rosenberg



"A showcase for the startling virtuosity of jazz electric violinist Tracy Silverman."
-- Andrew Clements, The Guardian, (London) Tuesday, August 24, 2004
- Andrew Clements


"Silverman is a remarkable performer, skillfully building the excitement of the piece, written especially for his six-string electric instrument. He wears it strapped around neck and shoulders, coaxing from it all sorts of sliding, moaning, plangent tones. Several years ago, Adams saw Silverman perform at Yoshi's, the Oakland jazz club, and decided to write the new work for him. Silverman, a former prodigy and a Juilliard graduate, had stepped outside the ``controlled realm'' of Western classical music, Adams said Saturday, and looked to other sources: Indian ragas, Hendrix, jazz. In writing ``Dharma,'' Adams explained to the audience, he hoped to evoke the spirit of the Beats, particularly of Jack Kerouac in his novel ``Big Sur.'' He saw Silverman as a Kerouac stand-in, an opener of the ``revelatory moment.''
--Richard Scheinin, San Jose Mercury News, Aug 16, 2004
- Richard Scheinin


Discography

May All Good Things (Holiday CD)
I'd Rather be Dreaming
Trip to the Sun
Eclectica--Streaming Video Soul
Superstring--with Ferdinand Foersch
Dogs for Daisy--Yangin' with the Yin Crowd
North Meets South--with Caito Marcondes
Dozens of tracks on Windham Hill Collections

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SPECIAL NOTE FOR COLLEGES AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTERS: A virtuoso violinist turned rock star, Tracy has performed on dozens of major releases. Very cool original compositions featuring looping rhythms, mixed with the occasional interpretation of songs by COLD PLAY, LED ZEPPELIN, HENDRIX and more, make for a perfect show at a college. International audience appeal is also a bonus for selling tickets.

• RECENT NEWS: Nashville Symphony, with special guest Tracy Silverman, has been invited to perform at Carnegie Hall's Spring for Music Festival, May, 2012
• 2010 ARTS MIDWEST Independent Showcase, Indianapolis, IN
• 2010 OAPN Showcase, Columbus, Ohio (www.oapn.org)
• 2009 APCA NORTHEAST CONFERENCE SHOWCASE, Verona, NY (www.apca.com)
• 2009 APCA NATIONAL CONFERENCE SHOWCASE, Atlanta, Georgia (www.apca.com)

"Absolutely phenomenal! Our audience was blown away. An excellent addition to our summer concert series."
- Western Carolina University, July, 2007.

"Very progressive yet extremely accessible. Silverman is a real showman that relates well with audiences. He electrifies his violin and effectively adds a sampler that even as a solo artist makes for a unique multi-player ensemble sound." –Ron Jewell, Bartlett PAC, Memphis, TN

"Inspiring. Silverman is in a class of his own"--LA Times.

"Fleet agility and tangy expressivity with wailing hints of Jimi Hendrix"--NY Times

Tracy Silverman is unique, creating his own niche as
an innovative singer/songwriter featuring electric violin.

Tracy’s insightful lyrics and engagingly melodic tunes cover a wide range of dynamics and styles, bringing an eclectic mix of rock, folk and world/ classical influences together in a captivating, one-of-a-kind concert or club experience.

On-the-spot loop recording broadens the show,
which could expand to include video projection and collaboration with student film, dance, painters and poets.

Called “the greatest living exponent of the electric violin” by BBC Radio, Tracy has performed, recorded and toured with artists as diverse as Guster, Bob Geldof, Jim Brickman, Beth Nielsen Chapman and the LA Philharmonic.

Appearances include performances everywhere from Carnegie Hall to CBGB’s, the Hollywood Bowl to the China Club; national TV and radio shows. Tracy has many CD’s and has produced CD's for many notable artists such as Jim Brickman.

Tracy teaches at Belmont University in Nashville, TN and does many workshops and lecture/demonstrations. These can be added to his engagement.

RECENT COLLEGE PERFORMANCES June 2009 thru January 2011:
Belmont University, Nashville, TN
Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, NY
Niagara County Community College, Sanborn, NY
Edinboro University, Edinboro, PA
University of Findlay, Findlay, OH
Morrisville State College, Morrisville, NY
Cayuga Community College, Auburn, NY
Cayuga Community College, Fulton, NY
Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dryden, NY
Keuka College, Keuka, NY
Jefferson Community College, Watertown, NY
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Onondaga Community College, Syracuse, NY
College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME
Waynesburg University, Waynesburg, PA
Marietta College, Marietta, OH
Defiance College, Defiance, OH
Central Missouri University, Warrensburg, MO
Palm Beach Community College, Boca Raton, FL
Broward Community College, Coconut Creek, FL
Broward Community College, Ft Lauderdale, FL
Georgia Highlands College, Cartersville, GA
Georgia Highlands College, Rome, FL
Coastal Georgia Community COllege, Kingsland, GA
Coastal Georgia Community College, Brunswick, GA
Valencia Community College, Kissimmee, FL
Palm Beach Community College, Lake Worth, FL
Bard College, Annondale-on-the-Hudson, NY
University of Kansas, KS
Shippensburg University, PA
Wesminster College, PA
Kent State University - New Philadelphia Campus, OH
Lone Star College, TX
Florida State College, FL
Eastern Tennessee State University, TN