Chris A.

Chris - River Music School London

Tutor of Bass Guitar, Piano, Guitar, Drums, Composition and Music Theory

Chris is an English bass player, multi-instrumentalist and composer born in Bournemouth, England. He took an interest in music by taking up piano lessons at the age of 9. At the age of 12 he stumbled upon the
bass while in a music shop to buy a guitar for his 13th birthday. He was introduced to bass players
such as Flea, Jaco Pastorius, Victor Wooten, Bootsy Collins, Larry Graham and Tim Commerford.
He was heavily influenced by genres such as funk, fusion, rock, blues, jazz and gospel music and
was predominantly self taught until he moved to London at the age of 18.


Immersed in music from a young age he began working as a bass player in his hometown from the
age of 13. At the age of 14 he was teaching and performing with other musicians on the local music
scene. After two years of music studies he moved to London to complete a Bachelors degree in
music which helped to shape his musical trajectory. He became known on the London music scene
for a jam that he started with his peers and started working as a session player for various bands and
artists. Some of the artists he has worked for as a side-man to date are; Blue, Rainer Hersch, Perico
Sambeat, Jorge Pardo and was invited by Yamaha to collaborate at La Rioja Drum Festival in 2017
with artists such as Don Formularo, Josh Dion and many others.


At the age of 25 he moved to Valencia, Spain to study a Masters in Music Performance at Berklee
College of Music. He has received tuition from some of the best jazz musicians internationally such
as; Laurence Cottle, Janek Gwizdala, Gary Willis and Perico Sambeat.


He started his award winning jazz/rock/fusion project which now goes under the name Valmuz. This
project founded by Chris and Peter Connolly went with Victor Jimenez and Joshua Wheatley to play
their first gig at an International Jazz competition in Romania in 2019. After having won the first
prize, his band went on to record an album entitled “Three Days”. They most recently released their
new big band album “Sinergia” which was recorded towards the end of 2020 and won best jazz
album in Spain at the Carles Santos awards 2021.


Chris is currently releasing his third album with his band Valmuz and is now based in the UK. He continues to teach and collaborate with other artists and is working on new music for a fourth album.

Being highly proficient at multiple instruments, Chris is able to teach bass guitar, guitar, piano, drums and composition.

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