A drummer in the early Punk scene in San Francisco (1977-1981) Chris Coon played with bands that paved the way for the Bay Area movement: Impatient Youth, The Sleepers, The Woundz, Clocks of Paradise and No Alternative among others. In 1983 he entered a new underground: studying New Music composition with avant-garde trombonist Vinko Globakar, tabla with acclaimed drum master Pandit Taranath Rao, and electronic music with innovator Morton Subotnick and Barry Schrader at Cal-Arts. Chris Coon scored music for Los Angeles choreographer and performance artist Rika Ohara and has performed with media poet Heather Haley and Canadian indie songwriter Julie Vik.
His new CD "License to Depart" captures a feeling provoked by meditating on mythical themes - the journeys of Odysseus, the Labyrinth of the Minotaur - and a pervading sense of who we are.
License to Depart composed & produced by Chris Coon
Recorded at Blue Magus Studio with additional overdubs at The Treehouse Studio and Featherstone Recording Studio, Bowen Island, BC, 2007-2008.
Engineered by Chris Coon at Blue Magus Studio.
Mixed by Rob Bailey, Shael Wrinch and Chris Coon.
Mastered by Rob Bailey at The Treehouse Studio
Chris Coon: vocals, guitar, keyboards, cord jacks, drums and percussion
Julie Vik: vocals
Jude Neale: vocals
Teun Schut: guitar
Mark Nighswander: guitar
Victor Overfield: trumpet
Chris Corrigan: flute
Rob Bailey: bass and editing
Buff Allen: drums
All songs written, composed and arranged by Chris Coon except "Not Here" arranged by Chris Coon & Rob Bailey
and "Aluminum Snake" arranged by Chris Coon & Mark Nighswander.
Chris Coon songs copyright 2007-2008.
Painting by Lori Stringer. Title: Storm VI
Cover design and photography by Tiffanee Scorer
Design layout by Leanne Romak