Chris Lancaster

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Chris Lancaster is an electro-acoustic cellist composer living in Brooklyn, New York. Chris Lancaster trained as a classical cellist, but endeavors to expand the ideas of what a cello can be and what sounds it can create. His compositions are performed live using a wide array of effects, samplers and speaker sculptures to create encompassing, cinematic and otherworldly sounds. He has composed over 50 full-length works for concert Dance, Theater and Film. His personal work has focused on live performance and the incorporation of technology into songwriting and musical performance.


Chris Lancaster has been the music director and composer for the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and the Staccato Contemporary Dance Company in Rio de Janeiro. In 2010 he had the privilege to perform his music for President Obama at the Kennedy Center Honors. Other noteworthy venues include Lincoln Center NYC, BAM NYC, Saddler's Wells London, Teatro Municipal Rio de Janeiro, the Royal Ballet Copenhagen, Theatre National de Chaillot Paris, Lyon Opera Ballet, Yerba Buena Arts Center San Francisco, Korzo Theater Den Haag, Madison Square Garden NYC, Bentley Reserve SF, Royce Hall UCLA, UC Berkley, Barclay Center Irvine, Hendershot Gallery NYC.


Chris Lancaster also created the score for the Documentary ”Flex is Kings”, about the Flexing community and the dance style developed in Brooklyn, NYC. 


Currently he combines his concert playing with composing for dance and Theater productions.


In 2019 he will also be composing a new score to the Theater Play ‘Jayne Eyre’ for the Göteborg Folkteatern.

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