Chris Cundy

Playing bass clarinet, saxophones, and other unusual woodwind instruments Chris explores an experimental practice while also working in popular music. He tours internationally, and has collaborated with Timber Timbre, Cold Specks, Guillemots, Fyfe Dangerfield, Little Annie, Devon Sproule, Longstone, and Kristin McClement. Appearing on over sixty commercial recordings, Chris has recently begun to release a series of projects under his own name. Growing up in Medway, Kent he was drawn into the local music scene at a young age where he become friends with Billy Childish - artist, musician, and founder of Hangman Records. During visits to Childish's kitchen Chris was exposed to the exploits of homemade music-making. These formative years instilled a strong DIY approach, and by the time he was 14 Chris had already started out as a street busker. After hearing the Eric Dolphy Memorial Album he took up the bass clarinet. He is self-taught. Also a visual artist, Chris studied painting at Cheltenham art college. During this period he began to establish improvised projects such as Grace & Delete - a duo with fellow painter and electronics musician James Dunn. He also started to explore self-developed playing techniques such as multi-phonics, circular breathing, micro tonality and generally speaking a more tactile approach to the instrument. This has led him to working with composers including Thanos Chrysakis, and Pete M Wyer. At Cheltenham he also met songwriter Fyfe Dangerfield who he has continued to collaborate with on a number of occasions since - most notably as an additional saxophonist for the Mercury Prize nominated Guillemots. He has also been involved with theatrical productions, and recently worked with composer Jon Nicholls on original music for Florian Zellar's The Mother starring Gina McKee. In 2018 he was resident at Shakespeare's Globe performing music for Alls Well That Ends Well directed by Caroline Byrne, with music by Theo Vidgen. Chris has also performed music for NoFit State Circus. One off sessions have seen Chris perform and record with Moby, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, Lol Coxhill, Vieux Farka Touré, Fatoumata Diawara, Alexander Hawkins, and Lisa Hannigan.

UK