Christopher's introduction to guitar fundamentals was from a classical standpoint. However, after finding a book on jazz guitar in the local library, he photocopied the chord charts, learned them all and began ("to my parents dismay"), playing rock'n'roll.
His initial forays into lead guitar were influenced by Jethro Tull (Martin Barre), King Crimson (Robert Fripp), Carlos Santana and Eric Clapton.
While living in Des Moines, Iowa, he studied music theory with Don Archer while working with the Iowa Arts Council, teaching and playing in many venues. He began playing in clubs and at various events (including the Iowa State Fair and the Jerry Lewis telethon), as a solo artist and in acoustic and electric bands.
He spent three years on the road, traveling across America with two show bands, playing musical material ranging from 'Dream Girls' to Lee Rittenour.
Having now returned to New York "through a series of interesting events", he lives with his wife Lidia, five parrots, two cats, and four aquariums worth of fish.
His musical compositions are influenced by a wide range of artists, including Mark Knopfler, Pat Metheny, Weather Report, George Gershwin, Keith Emerson, Thelonius Monk, Alan Holdsworth, Van Halen and Lee Rittenour.
Reviewed by Keith Hannalek (www.muzikreviews.com)
Track of the Day (Garageband.com)
Top ten in Mexico, New York, Latin America, and Jazz categories (Broadjam.com)
Check out the artist's website:
1. After the Dance
2. Air Time
4. The Sun Oil
5. Lidia's Dream
6. Return to New Orleans
7. New June
9. Big Top