who is CN? (short answer)
Sundance Fellow Christopher North Makes Music, lots of it, as a
1. Cinema Loving Storyteller, through music and sound (expressed primarily as composer)
2. Fearless Multi-Modal Collaborator, who thrives solving problems on timelines (as leader and/or team member)
3. Austin-Born, NYC-Based Performing, Recording & Teaching Artist (Composer, Singer/Songwriter, Producer, Multi-Instrumentalist and Sound Designer)
A Texan in New York
Christopher North is a composer for film, TV / original series, theater, dance and various ensembles. He's also a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumental musician, having performed at Carnegie Hall and on Grammy award-winning recordings. Hailing from Texas, he's thriving in Brooklyn, having released 14 albums (with 7 more soundtracks out soon) and scored 40+ films, screening / distributed around the world. Many of these have won awards at film festivals including Slamdance (where he is two for two), Hamptons, Soho, Big Apple, Houston, Newport Beach, Milan and Coney Island, as well as a special mention at DOC NYC. These credits include: A New High (distributed by Orchard in 2017), Missing People (Best at Hamptons), Everything’s Jake (starring Ernie Hudson), Eavesdrop (featuring Grammy Nominated Eroica Trio), Bible Quiz (on Sundance Global, Best Documentary Slamdance 2013), L’Absinthe (thriller set in Paris/Manhattan) and Lucky Days (directed by / starring Angelica Page), all of which can be seen on Netflix, Itunes, Amazon, on DVD, On Demand, etc.
He is proud and honored to be part of the Sundance Family, as a Composer / Fellow in the 2015 Sundance Institute & Skywalker Sound's Music and Sound Design Lab for Documentary Film at Skywalker Ranch. He has been a participant in many BMI workshops (including Film Scoring with Rick Baitz in 2008, Commercial Music with Ron Sadoff in 2012 and Conducting with Lucas Richman in 2016.) His latest feature films are the well reviewed Two Trains Runnin’ (music/civil rights doc), Cut Shoot Kill (suspense / horror) and the multi-award winning All In Time (Rom/Com.)
2014 was a magnum opus year, with scores for 4 features, several shorts, 2 original series, 2 dance pieces and music/sound/song for a play. His sound / music for Shandoah Goldman's Neil, a site specific dance piece at the NY Transit museum in Brooklyn, premiered to rave reviews. Bessie Award Winning Sondra Loring set tracks from "short music volume one" to her duet CRUSH for at 92Y. (Other tracks from the same album were dropped into Vanderpump Rules on the Bravo network premiering the same week.) 2015 had many weekends with multiple festival screenings all over the world including festival favorites Think Ink, All in Time, Karl Manhair Postal Inspector, Missing People and A New High.
He’s been making music / sound for dance and theater since the early 90s, in NYC at venues including Pioneer Works, Roulette, Joyce Soho, 92nd St Y, Wave Hill as well as around the world (Edinburg Fringe.)
He's also a singer/songwriter (eclectic rock, children's music including Disney, Noggin & Sesame Street.) On 02.02.02, he released two albums, Opus Zero (chamber music & art songs) and De La Sur (rock, funk and folk songs) with related themes between them. Aside from his previously created music and songs being dropped into films, many of his film scores' cues feature songs with lyrics and song forms. His "Feather Lake Song" from the play The Forever Waltz is "as hummable as any contemporary hit". He is currently working a double album of rock songs, ambient tracks and chamber music called Space Bar.
Mr. North has taught at the 92nd Street Y since 1997 (lessons/classes on Bass, Film Scoring, Songwriting, Guitar and Music Theory) and is proud to teach where his bass teacher, Orin O'Brien of the NY Philharmonic, taught in the 60's. He has played bass with Quincy Jones, Dixie Chicks, Rosanne Cash, various 80's one hit wonders, symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles as well on Broadway (The Lion King, Rent, Spring Awakening and Hair). On several of his scores and albums, he has played all the instruments. Recently, he has played bass on other composer's film scores, trailers, tv shows (inc. 12 Monkeys) and video games (inc. Wolfenstein and Dishonored.) His playing on his 3 Double Basses (Grunery, Kay and Engelhardt) were featured in Dynamic Sound Sampling's Orchestral String FX sound library. He has also been in demand as a multi-instrumentalist on traditional instruments as well as on newly created boutique instruments, and is likely the only person on the planet who plays and owns a Marcodi Harpejji, a Guitarviol, a Slaperoo, a Suzuki Andes 25, a bass Uke, a Cello Banjo, a ROLI Rise and a Veillette Gryphon. Collaborating and making music for film brings out his best work, for which, VARIETY says he's a "notable asset."
His latest passion and life-long, now realized, dream is conducting. His favorite creation is his 8yo son Xavier.