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Learn the elements of songwriting with award-winning singer/songwriter/composer Christopher North.
He'll take you from the first note to the finished song, and share technical tips like harmony, riffs, arrangements and hooks, while helping you find and build confidence in your voice and develop unforgettable titles for your songs. He'll share practical information on recording and publishing your work — all in the context of how the great singer-songwriters created their work.
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Christopher North is a composer for film, TV / original series, theater, dance and various ensembles. He's also a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental musician, having performed at Carnegie Hall and on Grammy award-winning recordings. Hailing from Texas, he thrives in Brooklyn, having released 14 albums (with 7 more soundtracks slated for 2016) and scored 40+ films, screening / distributed ...
Christopher North is a composer for film, TV / original series, theater, dance and various ensembles. He's also a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumental musician, having performed at Carnegie Hall and on Grammy award-winning recordings. Hailing from Texas, he thrives in Brooklyn, having released 14 albums (with 7 more soundtracks slated for 2016) and scored 40+ films, screening / distributed around the world. Many of these have won awards at film festivals including Slamdance (where he is two for two), Best at Hamptons, Best at Soho, Big Apple, Houston, Newport Beach, Milan and Coney Island, as well as a special mention at DOC NYC. These credits include: Everything’s Jake (starring Ernie Hudson), Eavesdrop (featuring Ethel and Grammy Nominated Eroica Trio), Bible Quiz (Best Documentary Slamdance 2013, currently on Sundance Global), L’Absinthe (a thriller set in Paris/Manhattan) and Lucky Days (directed by / starring Angelica Page), all of which can be seen on Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, on DVD, On Demand, etc. He is honored to be part of the Sundance Family, as a Composer / Fellow in the 2015 Sundance Institute & Skywalker Sound's Music and Sound Design Lab for Documentary Film at Skywalker Ranch.
He's a published songwriter in various styles (eclectic rock, funk and folk) with placements in films, as well as music for children heard around the world (including Disney, Noggin & Sesame Street.) On 02.02.02 at the Legendary Bitter End, he released two albums, Opus Zero (chamber music & art songs) and De La Sur (rock, funk and folk songs) with related themes between them. His "Feather Lake Song" from the play The Forever Waltz is "as hummable as any contemporary hit". He is currently working a double album of songs, ambient tracks and chamber music called Space Bar.
Mr. North has taught at 92nd Street Y since 1997 and is proud to teach where his bass teacher, Orin O'Brien of the NY Philharmonic, taught in the 60's. He has played bass with Quincy Jones, Dixie Chicks, Rosanne Cash, various 80's one hit wonders, symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles as well on Broadway (The Lion King, Rent, Spring Awakening and Hair). On several of his scores and albums, he has played all the instruments. Recently, he has played bass on other composers' film scores, trailers and video games including Wolfenstein. He has also been in demand as a multi-instrumentalist, especially on newly created boutique instruments, and is likely the only person on the planet who plays and owns a Marcodi Harpejji, a Guitarviol, a Slaperoo, a Suzuki Andes 25, a bass Uke, a Cello Banjo, a ROLI Rise and a Veillette Gryphon.
Currently, he teaches lessons on Bass, lessons / classes on Film Scoring as well as the very successful Mystery of Songwriting Class. In his nearly 20 years at 92Y, he’s also taught Music Theory / Ear Training, Ukulele, Harmonica and Guitar as well as led the bass section in the symphony, the oldest community orchestra in the US.
Collaborating brings out his best work, for which VARIETY says he's a "notable asset." His latest passion and life-long, now realized dream is conducting.
14 albums on iTunes
The Mystery of Songwriting
Intro to Music and Sound for Film