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   CHRIS LANCASTER

 
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Music

Listen to Chris's solo work here and on Bandcamp.

Follow these links to his Bands

Loving You

Tranimal

videos

Chris Lancaster live cello looping with Jason Somma's video feedback

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Chris Lancaster is a multi-disciplinary composer and performing artist specializing in music featuring his electro-acoustic cello. His distinctive sound is inspired by his traditional classical training coupled with a deep love of pop music and a vivid imagination. Utilizing the entirety of the instrument to creates sounds, he captures and transorms it with pickups and an array of technology he controls with his feet. Through this technique he can evoke sounds with nearly unlimited variation. From an entire string section to thick percussive kick drums and snares, small singing birds, heavy crunching guitars, deep sub-bass or even steel drums. He puts a high value on melody, harmony and originality and is invested in continuing his lifelong creative process with his instrument. He is a natural collaborator, enjoys creative problem solving, teamwork and communicating ideas with artists of other disciplines. This skill set has propelled him forward as an international artist with collaborators throughout Europe, Asia and South America. The multilayered music he creates has been described as deeply emotional and otherworldly. 

Chris has been a guest artist with numerous artists such as: Black Sabbath, They might be Giants, The Dresden Dolls, performed in side projects with members of MotorHead, Iron Maiden, Yes and Kiss. Chris is a founding of the synth/cello duo Tranimal And as Loving You he writes dynamic and dramatic love songs with singer and dance performer Alison Clancy. 

His performance career has taken him around the world highlights include: the Kennedy Center Honors Awards Ceremony with President Obama, Lincoln Center, Hellerau in Dresden, Palais de Chaillot in Paris, Saddlers Wells London, Teatro Municipal Rio di Janeiro, the BAM stages and Guggenheim Museum NYC, Gothenburg Opera Sweden, Center for Performing Arts Seoul and many others. He's been a producer on Danish hip-hop records, written music for East New York street dancers, performed with a giant harp in the desert, been the music director for Bill T. Jones dance company in New York and Staccato Dance in Rio Di Janeiro. He's even composed music for horses in Staten Island and for melting ice in Sweden. 

In his collaborations with dance he's had the honor of working with: Brian Brooks, Kate Weare, David Dorfman, Andrea Miller, Bill T. Jones, Nicholas Leichter, Colleen Thomas, Marina Mascarell, Donald McKayle and many others. He's been faculty at the American Dance Festival, Korea Dance Festival, NYU Tisch, Hollins University and U.C. Irvine. 

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