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Stover, Chris

Stover, Chris

Chris Stover
Trombone, Composer, Theorist



Chris Stover is a trombonist, composer, and theorist that specializes in Cuban and Brazilian music, creative improvisation, and new music.  He has performed recently with Eddie Palmieri, Charlie Hunter, Wayne Horvitz, Robin Holcomb, Tom Varner, Jovino Santos Neto, and Michael Spiro, and he has toured internationally with Pablo Moses, Apple Gabriel, Quasinada, Jumbalassy, and the Harry James Orchestra, as well as his own solo and group projects.  Chris spent many years as the go-to trombone player in the jazz and Afro-Cuban scenes in Seattle, and he appears on over sixty recordings, including releases on OmniTone, Origin, and Sub Pop. His third CD of original music (with his Seattle-based quintet More Zero) is scheduled to be released this fall.  Chris has done extensive research on Cecil Taylor, Luciano Berio, phenomenological approaches to music analysis, and the traditional and popular music of Cuba and Brazil.  His PhD dissertation engages microrhythmic motions and call-and-response dialogs in Afro-Cuban music. He has presented at numerous prestigious academic conferences including the national SMT, AMS, and SEM conferences, and his work has been published by Cambridge Scholars Press, the ITA Journal, and Latin American Music Review (forthcoming).  He received his PhD in Music Theory and DMA in Trombone Performance from the University of Washington, and holds an MA in Music Theory from the Eastman School of Music.  Prior to arriving at the New School, he taught at the University of Puget Sound, University of Washington, and Green River Community College, and he served as managing editor for Perspectives of New Music.

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