As a musician, first and foremost, I choose to express myself freely. I strive to channel what it is that I hear in my mind, through instruments, to create music that is honest and true to that vision. In this way, do I believe that musicians have found a way to reveal the truth about sadness, joy, adventure, love and one song, one melody or harmonic can trigger those pure feelings.
As an entrepreneur, I am determined to create and demonstrate the idea of linked prosperity. To seek new and creative ways of addressing economic issues while emphasizing a more socially active and responsible way of profiting from business and improving the quality of lives.
As a member of the artists' community, I support other artists because each contributes to the idea of freedom, culture and human development.
Chris started playing the guitar, incessantly, in his early teens. Raised in Kristinehamn, Sweden with the weather being, let's say, uneven throughout the year, his grandparents often found him transfixed on his strings in the backyard as the midnight sun dipped into the horizon, unable to tear himself away from the challenge of creating sound.
A couple of years after picking up the guitar, Chris founded a guitar/vocals duo with a friend, which then stretched into a trio with a bassist. The three gained national attention when they were included in a Swedish TV program focusing on people making music in their basements and were enlisted to record for Radio Sweden. Feeling the need to expand his musical knowledge, Brenne applied to the Berklee College of Music and made his first trip to the USA with suitcase and guitar in hand. While he wasn't in the practice rooms at Berklee, he was driving a cab around Boston. Both efforts eventually led to him graduating Berklee Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Film Scoring.
As a composer, Brenne is heavily influenced by players such as Ralph McTell, Bert Jansch, and Steve Howe (of course). He has developed a style of acoustic compositions that includes many of the familiar folk idioms, but veers towards enlisting jazz and contemporary qualities, aiming to increase the harmonic palette presented on the acoustic guitar, much in line with what players, like Alex De Grassi, were doing. All I was trying to do was make it possible for me to play all the styles I love in one fell swoop. I wanted to be able to dig into a blues lick and then quickly settle into some un-nameable harmonic progressions, the kinds that have a very open-ended, airy sort of feel, Debussy-ish if you will.
"KDZ met Chris Brenne last year at the KYTA Conference and was quickly impressed with what one man and his guitar can create. Have you heard him yet? If you've been to Kripalu in the past year, chances are you have. His CD, Lady of the Spice Lands, plays in the Dining Hall regularly and some yoga teachers use his luscious tunes for yoga classes. Beyond yoga, Chris's masterful guitar playing is great music for long drives, tender moments with your loved ones :), and a million others activities that lend themselves to the beauty of the moment. His partner Parul joins him on Red Velvet Slide, with her sultry and angellic voice. With his very open mission statement (see his website) and amazing CDs, this is one artist you'll want to turn your friends onto. Or keep him to yourself as your own personal jewel of music."
“Listening to Chris’ music is like getting a massage for your mind.”
“Chris’ music lends itself to self-exploration and organic movement and translates into subtle differences in your practice and great differences in your overall outlook.”
These solo acoustic guitar recordings are remarkably beautiful and have the ability to instantly transport one to a calm and tranquil space. Encouraged by his yoga teacher, Chris rewrote these compositions specifically for enhancing yoga, meditation and massage practices. These lush and heart warming songs draw inspiration from a range of styles to create complex harmonies, intricate melodies and introspective landscapes.
I have to admit that, every once in a while, someone will show up who is a couple of cuts above...Chris is an unusually sensitive guitar player. He gets nuances out of the instrument that most of us don t even imagine until we hear players of his quality."
“Chris Brenne is not only a phenomenal musician, but also a wonderful presence to have within a yoga class. His music flows through the yoga practice like a sweet companion to the breath.”
I have used Chris Brenne s music for my yoga classes and what comes to mind is that it is heart-opening. It is one of the pure solo, acoustic guitar arrangements that I have found... Something to nourish the mind, body and spirit.
Chris had the honor to perform at Backroom Productions Guitar Masters Concert Series, which stage has seen the likes of Windham Hill artists in previous years March 2002 and 2003.
As a yoga teacher and massage therapist I highly recommend "Lady of the Spice Lands". I was first introduced to Chris's beautiful CD by one of my yoga students. I played it at class the day she loaned it to me. It was a hit with my students (and massage clients) from the start! Flowing easily from one song to the next, "Lady of the Spice Lands" carries the listener to a faraway place free from stress. Few CD's in my collection can move me to flow through a massage like this one-it's a keeper!
The music on the CD is beautifully surprising, and provides a mix of serenity and intensity, seduction and sensuality. There is something for everyone in this CD. You will not be disappointed.
Lady of the Spice Lands...Wow. Taking time to lay back and listen to the CD over the weekend, I was lead on a journey of the emotions. Initially, the touchstones were longing and love and loss...and the next time...joy, light travel, and desire. Since then I listen to the CD often and discover more each time. Thank you for such a rich offering of music.
This is a fantastic album! It is both relaxing and uplifting - I play it all the time. Nice to wake up to and nice to unwind to at the end of the day. Brenne is a true artist!
Live music adds a new dimension to your practice. Chris has developed a style of guitar-playing and
composition especially for bodywork accompaniment. As a live, human musician in the studio, creating
sound to inspire breath, Chris joins with the students and teacher to create a truly unique experience.
Unplugged Yoga Accompaniment can be arranged for classes or conferences. Accompaniment for classes can
range from a one-time only special appearance/event for your studio or on a weekly recurring basis.
Please contact Cynthia Mesh at firstname.lastname@example.org for booking arrangements.
Yoga teachers say:
"In terms of teaching, it's so nice to be able to see changes in my students that aren't prompted
the sound of my own voice, but encouraged by the music. I know how I felt after having Chris play live
my classes, and with their tremendously positive responses, I saw that my students recognized the
too. The music lends itself to self-exploration and organic movement and translates into subtle
in their practice and great differences in their overall outlook."
-Karen Fabian, City Centered Yoga, A D'ana Baptiste Studio
"Chris's flowing music and quiet presence brought a calmness to my yoga classes. The students turned
inward and discovered a deeper meaning of the practice of yoga. I have never seen them so relaxed!"
-Juli Ames-Curtis, RYT-Yoga Alliance
"Chris Brenne is not only a phenomenal musician, but also a wonderful presence to have in a yoga
His music flows through the yoga practice like a sweet companion to the breath. It is almost as if Chris
intuit where the practice was headed next and lead us into the grace of the sequences with the waves of
melodies. Across the board, all of the students who experienced Chris' music were blown away and honored
practice yoga with his accompaniment."
- River Morgan, RYT, Aspen, CO.
Cambridge, MA USA
Email: guitar at chrisbrenne dot com
guitar at chrisbrenne dot com
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