Chris Vasi's fanatical obsession with the guitar began in his early teens, and shows no signs
of letting up.
After earning a music degree at the University of Buffalo, Chris relocated to Richmond, Virginia in 1995.
Chris has a love for many kinds of music and is currently performing a variety of styles, including modern
and vintage jazz, rock, funk, latin, blues, and world music.
A few notable influences are Mark Knopfler, Pat Martino, John Coltrane, Jaco Pastorius, Les Paul,
Wes Montgomery, Frank Zappa, Djelimady Tounkara, Richard Thompson,
Thomas Mapfumo, Jack Lambert, and Salvador Dali.
Chris is delighted to be a member of Hotel X (hotelxband.com).
He has recorded 12 CDs over the years, and played over a thousand gigs from Canada to Florida,
including clubs, colleges, and receptions.
Chris plays acoustic nylon- and steel- string guitar, electric guitar, bottleneck slide, mandolin, bass,
His original compositions have been played by the Jazz Composers Alliance and his music has appeared
in Guitar Player magazine.
Chris has performed onstage with Moe Tucker (Velvet Underground) and members of moe.
His first CD with Crumbs of Insanity was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips).
In 2003 Vasi released Moon Over Mars, an album of acoustic instrumentals.
2009's Vesuvius showcases some of the jazz and world-music sounds Vasi has recently
been fascinated by.