Chris was born in Oamaru, New Zealand but grew up in Sydney, Australia.
He became very active in the Sydney jazz scene in the early eighties playing with modern jazz groups including Mark Simmonds’ Freeboppers and The Keys Music Orchestra. With Lloyd Swanton he formed the 60’s modern jazz-influenced The Benders in 1982. The band broke up in 1985 after having released three albums - E, False Laughter and Distance.
In 1984 Chris recorded and released his first solo piano album - Piano, followed in 1986 by Walk.
In 1985 Chris became a founding member of the Sydney indie rock band The Sparklers. As a result of this, Chris began working regularly with the singer and songwriter Melanie Oxley. Chris collaborated with Melanie, writing songs and producing albums, throughout the nineties. There are five releases with her: Resisting Calm (1990), Welcome to Violet (1992), Coal (1994), Jerusalem Bay (1998) and Blood Oranges (2003).
Chris released a third solo piano album Glow in 2001. This was followed in 2003 by Streaming, and Thrown in 2004.
Chris has collaborated, in both recording and performance, with many contemporary improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras. He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe. (thenecks)
Piano in all its beauty, unadorned, undisturbed, undiluted. Perhaps most renowned for his work with The Necks and with Melanie Oxley, Chris Abrahams here on his third solo album Glow, celebrates his favourite instrument which he plays with undisputed skill. The respect he feels for the piano is evidenced through his playing and the piano responds with life, a meandering, cascading interplay of notes, creating music of complexity that is tonal rather than structural.
Recorded over several sessions, each track is a live take without overdubs and effects. On Glow, Abrahams explores the resonating qualities of the piano, from the moment when hammer hits string and starts a vibration.
The result is a uniquely beautiful aural canvas that inspires and transports. (vitamin)