Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 20th 2014 Contents to get an opportunity to perform at the event this
year." explained Frank.
The violinist admitted he was a little unenthu-
siastic about the whole idea at first, but the guy
was so adamant that Frank eventually submitted
a video of himself playing Forget about Dre. He
said he never thought that video would give him
the opportunity to play at such a high profile musical
Looking back, Frank said he was nervous about
performing at the festival because he felt it was a
make-or-break moment for his career.
"This was not some backyard jam or an ordinary
gig, it was the Tobago Jazz Festival where each
event is being attended by thousands of people
from all over the islands and internationally as well.
You never know who is in that crowd...who is look-
ing at you." Frank said.
"I am happy but it s also still so surreal. I am
still receiving calls from so many people who attend-
ed the event," he said.
Asked what he thought set him apart as a musi-
cian, Frank said when it comes to playing the violin
he tries to imitate the sound of a saxophone.
"I might get some flak for saying this, but I believe
no matter what instrument a musician is playing,
the sound should not only be unique and difficult
to imitate, but the way you play an instrument
should naturally interpret and reflect the way you
hear a song, and how well you connect with your
audience," Frank said. CONTINUES ON PAGE A35
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He drew the bow across his violin
seamlessly, with quick, intense move-
ments. His eyes never left the crowd as
his fingers danced over the strings, draw-
ing the audience closer. David Frank
received encore after encore at Jazz on
the Esplanade in Scarborough, one of the
events in the recently-concluded Tobago
On his Cecilio violin, Frank played an
eclectic mix of songs, including like Min-
nie-Riperton s Loving You, John Legend s
All of Me, Beyonce s If I were a Boy, Machel
Montano s Fog and Forget about Dre, by
rappers Dr Dre and Eminem.
The 27-year-old described the hip hop
piece as his most challenging to date. This
was also the piece the violinist entered in
the Tobago Jazz Experience s online audi-
tions, which enabled locals who wanted
to be perform during the Festival to submit
short performance videos via YouTube.
With his violin in hand, the Tobago-
born musician who now lives in St Augus-
tine, sat down with the T&T Guardian to
reflect on the experience which he called
the highlight of his career and to talk about
how it all started for the boy from Mason
Hall with a passion for music.
"It was really a blessing how I got this
opportunity," he said. "I was playing at a
wedding in Tobago and this guy came up
to me after and asked me if I was a Tobag-
onian. When I said yes, he told me about
the jazz festival and told me about the
YouTube submission opened for enter-
tainers and musicians to submit their pieces
David Frank, the captivating violinist
Alice Yard has announced the establishment of
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aged 35 or under.
Conceived and administered by the co-directors
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voices in contemporary Caribbean art criticism, a
The winner of the prize will receive a cash award
of US$1,000 and publication in The Caribbean Review
of Books. The inaugural Alice Yard Prize for Art Writ-
ing opens for entries on May 16, with a deadline of
The winner will be announced in September 2014
to commemorate Alice Yard s eighth anniversary.
To be eligible to enter for the 2014 prize, a writer
must be a citizen of the Caribbean, whether resident
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on the entry deadline, July 14.
The release added, a piece of writing entered for
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The prize will be decided by a panel of three judges,
Krista Thompson (Bahamas/US), chair. Thompson
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of art history, Northwestern University; Charles
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