Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Bakriges, Chris (Christopher George)
Bakriges, Chris (Christopher George), pianist, educator; b. Detroit, Michigan, 7 July 1958. Bakriges has lead his own groups since the early 80s. His ensemble Critical Theory has performed around the world, including extended tours in India, Pakistan, Turkey, England, Canada, and the Czech Republic. In the early 90's he was invited to become music director of "Jazzfest" on Northeast Public Radio after its director Alan Chartock heard the ensemble in concert with Bobby McFerrin and David Darling. Broadcast monthly for four years from the WAMC-FM Studios in Albany, New York, "Jazz Fest" became the only live jazz radio program being aired at that time in the United States. Besides performing his compositions, Bakriges was able to perform live with many acclaimed artists such as Kenny Burrell, Bernard Purdie, Lee Shaw, and Pat Metheny's original rhythm section of Danny Gottleib and Mark Egan. A published scholar, Bakriges earned his doctorate in ethnomusicology/musicology from York University in Toronto and also studied with such jazz luminaries as Oscar Peterson, Jaki Bayard, Anthony Braxton, Nadi Qamar, Harold Danko, Billy Taylor, Frederick Simmons, as well as with Indian classical masters Pandit Sushil Mukherjee and Tandore Vishwanathan.
Bakriges is an adjunct faculty member at Elms College in Chicopee, Massachusetts as well as Castleton State College in Castleton, Vermont.
Spiritual Unity (with Raphe Malik) (1998); Bakriges-Lulham Duo: Windows (1998); Chris Bakriges and Mauro Battisti: Live at the Cybernet Cafe, Vols. 1-2 (Private recording, 2000); L'histoire de ma vie (2002); Grassi/Wertman/Bakriges/Kohlhase: Live at the Vermont Jazz Center (Private recording, 2002), Quartet 'Til the End of Time (2003)
Simon's Rock of Bard College Jazz Ensemble: Jazz at the Rock, Vols. 1 & 2 (1990); Critical Theory Ensemble: Istanbul Teknik Universitesi Vakfi. Kultur Ve Sanat Etkinlikleri (1990), Concert at Cubbon Park Bangalore (1992); David Bond Group: Munich: Sound Aspects (1994); Anthony Braxton Double Orchestra: Milan: (1995); Death By Jazz Trio: Live at Club Berlin (1997); Critical Theory Trio: Blessed Prince (1998); The Mark Harding Trio: Live at Weston Church (2000); Robin Lloyd Quartet: Comin' Home (2000); Interactions Ensemble: 'Round Midnight (2001); Critical Theory Trio: Mouths of the Indus (2001); United Nations Quartet: Born Under the Sign of Cancer (2001); Interactions Ensemble: The American Songbook (2001)
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