Trinidad-born Etienne Charles is a performer, composer, and storyteller continuously searching for untold stories and sounds with which to tell them. His lush trumpet sound, varied compositional textures, and pulsating percussive grooves enable him to invoke trance, soothing and exciting listeners while referencing controversial subjects. A 2015 Guggenheim Fellow and 2022 Creative Capital Awardee, he researches his compositions by traveling to the regions on which he is focused, meeting with musicians and cultural leaders, then observing and participating in rituals to be fully immersed in the culture. As an Afro-descendant, his work connects the diaspora and draws lines to regions at the roots of migrations. Highlighting marginalized communities has been his mission, evident in projects such as Carnival: The Sound of a People, Vol. 1; San Jose Suite; Creole Soul; and Folklore. His concerts engage, enlighten, and enrich audiences with energized, multidisciplinary performance using original composition, thematic improvisation, dance, short films, and spoken word to create a holistic experience. Etienne Charles has been featured as a bandleader at major festivals, including the Newport Jazz Festival and Monterey Jazz Festival, and he is an associate professor of studio music and jazz at the University of Miami. Creole Soul, a band of global citizens, explores grooves, song forms, and rituals of the Caribbean and greater African Diaspora through original compositions and improvisation. Through the themes of the compositions, the group’s performances spark thought, newfound interest, and sometimes debate regarding historical events and their effects on society. The goal is engagement with audiences — on spiritual, intellectual, and primal levels. The ensemble is made up of interpreters and improvisers who, in addition to their adept musicianship, are connected to the immigrant experience and with the cultures from whence their families came. Creole Soul can be heard recorded on Carnival: The Sound of a People, Vol. 1, by Etienne Charles. As a group these musicians have been featured at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Koerner Hall, Monterey Jazz Festival, Newport Jazz Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, and Java Jazz Festival (in Indonesia). The members have performed with a plethora of luminaries of the idiom, including Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Herbie Hancock, Madonna, Roberta Flack, and SFJAZZ Collective.