LIFE ON MARS

Recently Chris has forged a close partnership with the inimitable avant-garde musician Coppe - the "cosmic goddess from Planet Pink" - writing "Swan Song" for her box-set compilation and "An Army of One" and "Beethoven in Antennae" (a song he penned with the German composer/musician Uwe Schmidt: "ATOM TM") for her 2016 "20rpm" release. For her upcoming album, out later this year (2017) Chris contributed "Blessed by Unconsciousness" – lyrics inspired by Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness.

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MISHIMA, MUTATIONS AND THE SEARCH FOR THE ARK OF THE LOST TRIBE

2016 was a busy and energizing year for Chris on the performance circuit. Continuing his collaboration with the ensemble ENSO WATT, he wrote the scenario and performed in two events at the cult venue UrbanGuild, Kyoto. Originally beginning as a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, this series of shows has mutated into a journey through time and space – developing into a deconstruction of language and a dystopian look at an array of cyber-social phenomena. The "trip" continues with further shows scheduled.


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POEMS AND MOBILE PHONES

In September 2016 at Beams Gallery, Shinjuku, Chris, together with the artist and translator Kin Shiotani, gave a bilingual reading from his latest book of poems ("The City that Silk Built"). This was followed by a book signing and a momentary photo op . . . to the delight of Facebook friends undoubtedly!


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THE FLAME OF PEACE

2015 is the 70th year of the end of the WWII and the dropping of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. In remembrance of the devastation of that city, the flame, kindled from the original fires that burnt after the attack, will be carried on a pilgrimage, from Hiroshima, via Kyoto, Tokyo and an array of cities in Europe to eventually reach Jerusalem. Along the flame’s journey, the “Earth Caravan,” will conduct interfaith prayers for peace, and in the case of Japan, Chris has been invited to read poems in all three cities: the “Peace Park” in Hiroshima, (July 5th), Choin-in temple in Kyoyo (July 12th) and the Zojo-ji temple on Tokyo (July 19th) - events he is particularly honoured to participate in.


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NUTTY STUFF FROM THE SONIC SQUIRREL

Collaborating with the young guitarist Ris (The Sonic Squirrel) Chris has written lyrics for a series of new ventures. For Ris' solo album BRIGHT-EYED AND BUSHY TAILED he penned CINDERELLA CITY, and LOVE CLUB for the compilation HERE COMES THE GIRLS’ZOO.

In a rare display of bloodthirstiness and vitriolic lyricism - (Hey, a job’s a job, and someone had to do it!) Chris was commissioned to write a song (composed by Ris) for the upcoming Play Station 4 soundtrack LET IT DIE - a “hack and slash” action game. The song LONG LIVE THE PHOENIX OF THE MIND, a dark and unabashed violent anthem, perfectly compliments the blood and gore caricatured in the virtual world. Chris hopes that it stays virtual - very virtual!

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LIVIN' LA VIDA LETRA

Lyrics to get buffed to . . . and get into the “salsa spirit” too. For the equivalent of ZUMBA – the dance fitness program created by the Columbian choreographer “Bepo” Perez, Chris wrote the THE SUGAR SONG OF FLAMINGO ROSE for BAILA BAILA, sung by KYOKO – the ex-singer of the popular rock group “The Barbie Boys”. Being released as a DVD, CD and single release, the song is saturated with Latin licks and samba sonics. A musical stage show in the works too.
Roll over Ricky Martin!


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