Transplanted to New York City from Seattle, Chris Stover is a trombonist, composer, theorist, and full-time professor at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, where he runs the music theory and composition program. He leads the groups Circle By Night, More Zero, and the Caetano Veloso Project as well as his newly-reformed big band, and has performed recently with Eddie Palmieri, Pablo Menendez, Charlie Hunter, Jovino Santos Neto, Slavic Soul Party, Bobby Sanabria, Ingrid Jensen, Samir Chatterjee, Escort, Amanda Ruzza, Richard Boukas, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Tom Varner, Michael Spiro, Annea Lockwood, and many others. Chris spent many years as the go-to trombone player in the jazz, Afro-Cuban, and new music scenes in Seattle, and he appears on over sixty recordings, including critically acclaimed releases on OmniTone, Origin, and Sub Pop. A new CD with the Q.E.D. Trio is available on Origin Records, and new CDs with Circle By Night and More Zero have just been released by More Zero Music. All of these and more can be purchased on CD Baby.
Chris’s compositions explore process, growth, flux, and recontextualization, with careful and nuanced considerations of the relationships between melody and harmony and the ways these relationships can change over time. Even at his most aggressive and experimental there is still a delicate lyricism to his compositional and improvisational approach. A true musical polymath, Chris’s musical language absorbs and subtends a wide array of influences, including the entire history of jazz, various so-called “new musics,” nineteenth-century (and earlier) Western art music, Cuban and Brazilian melodic and rhythmic languages, Indian classical music, and much more.