Josanne Francis, the first steelpan concerto soloist in the history of Carnegie Hall, is an internationally renowned performer and arts educator. Born and raised in the twin-island Republic of Trinidad & Tobago, her music delivers that special 'extra' that separates her from even the greats, and catapults listeners into a unique and exceptional place. With hands that seem to float like the wings of a butterfly with a 'wand-like' touch, her music is not devoid of power when needed. Francis' music blends together and draws influences from traditional Calypso music, Jazz, Indian, Funk, Rock and Classical music—a unique mix which is not typical for the instrument. Josanne has performed at venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and has appeared as a guest artist at festivals and universities across the United States. She was a 2017/18 artist-in-residence at Strathmore, is the artistic director of the Cultural Academy for Excellence, and appeared on Bravo’s Top Chef.
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Co-presented with Washington Performing Arts. Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative is generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated. Part of the World in Our City.