Trinidad born jazz trumpeter Etienne Charles will transport the audience to Carnival in Trinidad through a program that weaves together short films with a lecture. The program will delve into the experience of Carnival, as a dialogue between the past and the present. Etienne will explore African based musical elements and traditions, discuss the masquerading traditions and the meaning behind the costumes and characters, the brass band tradition, and the evolution of the steel pans. He will illustrate the relationship between the Afro-descended musics of the Caribbean region and New Orleans— the birthplace of jazz. The sounds and visual artistry of carnival in Etienne’s home country of Trinidad share a connection with the exuberant sounds, rhythms, and Black Masking Indians that are part of New Orleans’ carnival. Etienne will highlight how the roots of the music that evolved into jazz, which he reconnects with in his compositions and performances, express the resilience and innovation of oppressed peoples— creating beauty and joy out of tragedy and struggle.