Chris's passion for the guitar started at age eight. A guitarist for award-winning singer and Hollywood actress Lisa Zane, he also played for Andrew Chuckerman, the Grammy-nominated musical director and keyboardist for Stevie Wonder, LeAnn Rimes and Rod Stewart. Past sessions include performances with Brazilian percussionist Dede Sampaio (Miles Davis, etc).
His early sessions with Dede's group allowed him to play with other great musicians such as Pat Metheny's bassist and producer Steve Rodby. Chris is endorsed by the FirstAct Guitar Company through their Emerging Artists Program. In 2002, Chris received the Filipino American Hall of Fame award for Music.
He is a member of the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP).
Your sound and approach to music: I like to be honest when I create the sounds with my guitar. What comes out is 100% me. The tone is what I feel during the moment. Even if it takes leaving a little dirt in. My approach to music is the same thing. I don't tend to think too much about what the norm is. I can't. I'm an Asian dude fusing as much attitude from back home as I can.
Your teaching approach: I just want to jam and exchange ideas in class. Anyone can grab theory from home.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why? "Na Tempestade," from my CD Reflections of Midnight. That's where I got to play most of the guitar work I love. From the acoustic to the Strat. The title is in Portuguese, and means "Into the Storm." Exactly what was about to happen during a phase in my life.
Did you know...
I'm left-handed. But I play the guitar with my right.
CDs you are listening to now:
Holst: The Planets
Composer: Gustav Holst
Conductor: Sir Alexander Gibson
As performed by: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.