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Chrys Bocast: Collaborations

Chrys with Michael Ver Steegt

Chrys and Michael have roots going back many years to when they were both living in San Francisco, doing music and audio work. Michael is a skilled sound designer and synthesist, in addition to keeping busy as FOH for acts like Rising Tide, Soja, and Groundation. These gigs keep MVS traveling a good part of the year, but he still finds time to make amazing music. We have a new album out now!


Chrys with Matt Labarge

Chrys contributed several guitar tracks to Matt Labarge's Larkenlyre project in 2013, and is now starting in on a fresh crop of (very good) music that should turn into Matt's next album in 2017. No rest for the wicked!Larkenlyre_resized.jpg

Emily Blessing

In the past few years while I've been in Madison, I have performed a number of times with Emily Blessing, a lovely and amazingly talented young pianist and composer who also studies here at the University of Wisconsin. Emily has a deep knowledge of classical music and a keen ear for recording as well. There's a proper recording out now of us playing Debussy's "The Sunken Cathedral" on my new EP Intrinsic.

Chris with MJCatalin

Artists and lovers will always disregard borders, and the new album "Stratagem", from American ambient producer and guitarist Chris Bocast and Romanian percussionist and sound designer Catalin Pintea (MJCatalin), is an intriguing demonstration of the possibilities available to today’s musicians willing to exploit the information revolution. Catalin initiated contact with Chris in 2006 through iSound.com, one of many musician-oriented sites on the web, expressing interest in his solo work. After listening to Catalin’s music, Chris suggested collaborating. The results were so promising in their approach to texture and space that a professional release was deemed necessary. For the next year or two, tracks were traded back and forth from Bucharest, Romania, where Catalin lives, to the high country of Colorado, where Chris was busy with music production work. Eventually they crafted a masterwork of sonic energy and creativity, combining ambient guitar with Euro-beats in a unique collection of compelling instrumentals. As both Chris and Catalin are accomplished players as well as skilled recording artists, "Stratagem" consistently evokes an organic sensibility that can be elusive in electronic music, and does so in a memorable and melodic way. All parts are performed by the artists, with the exception of “Detector”, where guest star Dave Shul (guitarist for San Francisco’s Michael Franti and Spearhead) provides some driving guitar in his own signature style. Another Bay Area connection is the striking packaging created by noted S. F. artist John Hundt, who also did the art for the amazing "Through the Airlock" cover. Chris Bocast and MJCatalin’s "Stratagem" is a significant release for them and holds promise for great music still to come.