Christopher Chaplin


British composer and experimental music artist Christopher James Chaplin studied the piano with Irene Denereaz in Vevey (Switzerland) before moving to London in the early 80ies.

In 2009 he was invited by Viennese electronic music label Fabrique Records to collaborate with Thomas Pötz aka Kava on “Seven Echoes”, a concept album released in 2010 and presented live at the well-known Art Brut Museum Gugging in Austria for the first time. There he also met electronic music pioneer Hans-Joachim Roedelius (Cluster, Harmonia) who later invited Christopher to take part in a “Late Junction“ live session for Londons BBC Radio 3. The result of this second collaboration led to another collaboration album “King of Hearts”. In the following years Chaplin and Roedelius performed around the world; these were largely improvised performances with Roedelius on piano and electronics, and Chaplin on synthesizers and orchestral samples. Amongst others they captivated audiences in Paris (Silencio), Rejkjavik (Extreme Chill Festival), Sao Paulo (Sesc Belenzinho), Barcelona (Primavera Festival), Tiradendes (Mimo Festival), Madeira (MMiFF Festival) or Berlin (Haus der Kulturen der Welt). Often supported by Luma.Launisch live video projections.

October 2016 finally saw the release of Christopher Chaplin's highly acclaimed first solo album “Je suis le Ténébreux”, which had been partly recorded at AIR's legendary Atlas Studio in Paris and various studios in the UK. It combines experimental musical influences around a sixteenth century text, an epitaph known as the 'Enigma of Bologna'. The album has been followed by a versatile remix EP the year after, including stunning reworks by producers such as Grammy-nominated American composer Tim Story, the recently praised Berlin-based sound and media artist Jana Irmert, Brooklyn-based artist and producer <tfo>, and Viennese electronic music producer Peter Zirbs.

After being back to his studio for several months Christopher Chaplin now returns with a new epic solo album "Paradise Lost" in early Summer 2018, featuring the amazing American vocalist and poet Leslie Winer and British tenor Nathan Vale. A powerful soundtrack of winding paths through the un/conscious. Chaplin again combines experimental electronic with chamber and contemporary music approaches.