CHARLOTTE BLAKE ALSTON is a storyteller, narrator, instrumentalist and singer who performs in venues throughout North America and abroad. She breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from African and African American oral and cultural traditions. Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional instruments such as djembe, mbira, shekere or the 21-stringed kora. Her repertoire is wide and programs are adapted to any grade level or age group.
Charlotte is frequently invited to perform with symphony orchestras as guest host, narrator, or storyteller. Her special participation with The Philadelphia Orchestra has been continuous since 1991 as guest host and narrator of family concerts and as host of "Sound All Around", the orchestra's pre-school concert series. She has also served in both capacities at Carnegie Hall since 1995. She has been a featured teller at The National Storytelling Festival, The National Festival of Black Storytelling, and at regional festivals throughout North America, and was a featured artist at the the Presidential Inaugural Festivites in Washington DC and the Pennsylvania Gubernatorial Children's Inaugural Celebrations in Harrisburg, PA.
You can also hear some of Charlotte's stories by downloading the Storytelling application for the iPhone