Chris Stephens 

Classical Music of the Silk Road Lutes



It's difficult to explain what Chris does with his instruments,
but however you define it he's breaking musical boundaries
and fostering connections between distant traditions. 


His speciality is in the family of instruments 
known as "lutes", which are the historic ancestors
of the guitar, and their traditional music systems
native to the historic overland silk road nations.



Chris' performances are both an homage to these classical traditions and an exploration in contemporary improvisation. Each concert is different and creates an enchanted musical scenery never to be heard again. Performances can go from melodic and meditative to rhythmic and explosive, creating a rich and unique tapestry of sound that all can enjoy. 


His main goals are to introduce these hidden art forms
to new audiences and to engage familiar listeners
by honoring the old playing styles and using the improvised nature 
of the music to create a new style that blends 
each unique regional style together.


The unique musical experience Chris provides 
can be enjoyed in a variety of settings. 

Invite Chris to your  venue by using the link below

ChrisStephens5.0@gmail.com
Send a Booking Inquiry

Here are some of the ways Chris shares the music:

Solo Performances
The music is perfectly suited for theaters, 
temples & churches, and other attentive performance spaces. 



Festivals
These instruments and their music create a special atmosphere that lends itself well to music festivals and cultural gatherings. 

University Guest Speaker

Students have an opportunity to see and hear instruments relavent to their world music courses and engage with their specific questions with an educational discussion. 


Workshops

Think of it as a 'show and tell' of historic Eastern instruments and their traditional music. Topics can range from playing techniques, instrument construction, music theory and regional music styles.


House Concerts

House Concerts are a perfect venue for an up-close 
and immersive listening experience interwoven with interesting conversation and discussion about the instruments and their music.


Interviews & Public Speaking

Chris loves to talk about the music, the instruments,
his experience in learning them, and just about anything!
























































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