CHRISTOPHER P. TURNER
Born 1950, London, England
Domiciled in U.S.A. since 1975
Education: ALLEYN’S COLLEGE OF GOD’S GIFT, London EALING COLLEGE, London
Instruments Played: Harmonicas, flutes, Bagpipes, Jawharp, Synthesizers.
Born into a musical family in London, England, Chris Turner learned harmonica and recorder as a child. He has been playing professionally since 1967 working in a variety of idioms including Folk, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Country, Early and Avant-garde music. While traveling extensively in Europe and Africa, he assimilated many different musical styles. Early in the 1970’s, Chris studied composition with Christopher Small and improvisation with John Stevens. In 1975, Chris Turner was recognized for his virtuosity when he was awarded the European Harmonica Championship. Chris performed as soloist for the Rhode Island Philharmonic performing two fully orchestrated pieces by Paul Nelson. These pieces were written specifically for him. Chris has toured with numerous professional bands and appears on many recordings . He has worked extensively as a Composer, Music Director, and Arranger for various theatrical organizations including Rhode Island’s prestigious Trinity Repertory Company, as well as for films, animations, radio and t.v. Besides a variety of harmonicas, Chris is also proficient on flutes, bagpipes, brass, synthesizers.
Bands include: Intergalactic Swamp Rangers, Missouri Compromise,Aurea Ensemble, Ian Anderson’s Blues Band, Champion Jack Dupree, The Screw, S.M.E., Portsmouth Sinfonia, Have Mercy, Nee Ningy, Aurea Ensemble, Bo Lozoff, Mimi Farina, Big Boy Henry, The Hubbards, The Players, The Whompers, Bobby Bradford, Eugene Chadbourne, 100th Monkey, WuJi, and many more.
Born in Norton, Virginia
Education: ROYAL COLLEGE OF ART, London, England
Instruments played: Fiddle, Bass Harmonica, Melodeon, Psaltery, (midi Fiddle with Synthesizers, etc.)
Born in the coal mining town of Norton, Virginia where her father worked in the mines. Deep in the heart of Appalachia, her love of fiddle music developed at an early age. Living later in North Carolina, her repertoire continued to grow, remaining predominantly Appalachian and Country Blues.
While attending the Royal College of Art in London, England, Rachel’s musical horizons greatly widened with the discovery of music from Ireland, England, Wales, Scotland and the Shetlands. Traveling extensively throughout Europe and West Africa, her ears were opened to new, exciting and eclectic forms of traditional music. Over the years she has performed, lectured, led workshops, recorded, written and arranged music for the theater. She also has played with several improvisation and new music groups. ( John Stevens Workshop,The Repeatos,The Portsmouth Sinfonia, “In C Prov”)
The bands she has toured with reach as far north as Canada and as far south as Florida, remaining primarily east of the Mississippi, venturing frequently on tours to Europe( UK, Ireland, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Morocco). In 1987, Rachel was offered a position as performer, composer and actor at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island. During that time, she continued to do a few major tours a year, usually to Europe and Canada, after shorter tours to North Carolina and Virginia and New England. Her musical interests have further developed to include electronic and multi-media collaborations, new music compositions and some film and t.v. scores. She has done teaching and lecture performances for more than 25 year for The Music School of the Rhode Island Philharmonic. She performed as an in house musician at Trinity Repertory theater for 23 years.
Currently she teaches both at music camps and privately. She tours with a variety of artists up and down the east coast and in Europe.( Intergalactic Swamp Rangers,The Whompers, Nee Ningy, The Dismal Swamp Moaners, The Providence Wholebellies, The Huffers Harmonica Trio, 100th Monkey, Big Boy Henry Blues Band, Drink Small /Jazz Heritage Festival, The Big Zucchini Washboard Bandits)
As a young musician she enjoyed playing with and learning from the previous generation. As a mature musician she enjoys collaborating with and learning from the next generation. Every generation has something truly unique to bring to the table.
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