MEET CHRIS BLABER
Musician Chris Blaber is a percussionist dedicated to presenting collaborative, interdisciplinary, improvised, and contemporary works. He’s passionate about incorporating multiple elements of performance – including choreography, narration, singing, and acting – into unified, innovative productions. He joined Scrap Arts Music as an ensemble member in September 2017.
Holding both a Bachelors in Fine Arts with distinction in Music Composition from Simon Fraser University (British Columbia) and a diploma in percussion performance from Douglas College (British Columbia), Chris also performs as a freelance percussionist in Vancouver with numerous groups including orchestras, musical theater, rock groups, jazz, and Javanese Gamelan ensemble. He is the a founder of both Ecstatic Waves and Kinetic Percussion.
Chris started playing music in the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet marching band at age 12, when he was told, “you look big enough to carry a bass drum!” Since then, he’s moved from ‘just’ a bass drum to playing anything classified as percussion. His favorite traditional instruments include marimba and vibraphone.
Chris studied classical percussion performance with Robert Caldwell, Martin Fisk and Dr Daniel Tones; as well as jazz vibraphone and improvisation, computer music improvisation, collaboration and interdisciplinary performance, music composition, and computer music composition with various leaders in these fields.
Athletics are a huge part of Chris’s life. An avid runner, he has competed in triathlons, biathlons (skiing & shooting), and soccer. He bicycles for transportation as much as possible and is currently training for his annual cycling trip, during which he’ll try to average 100 km per day for two weeks or more – while carrying all his gear!