Christina Green is a songwriter, composer, performer and multi-instrumentalist working in both the folk/acoustic and contemporary classical music contexts. Spanning styles from folk/rock to cabaret/chanson, her songs convey stories, observations and experiences with polished lyrics and guitar work, strong images and storytelling, and are complemented in live performances by occasional instrumental pieces. As a composer Christina writes in a range of styles, with recent works for piano combining jazz and classical elements.
“Christina sums up the 21st century lyrically and musically in 2 verses and a chorus. Her ability to make every word count is astonishing ”
— Baker Street Studios, Melbourne
News - January 2019
2018 ended with a very enjoyable evening at Farouk's Olive, Thornbury, performing with Hayley Anderson, Monique Kenny and Siren (Sally Koster and Mary-Lynn Griffith). It was also great to play a couple of songs at an evening in December featuring a line-up of artists who gathered to celebrate and farewell the Skylark Room, a much-loved music venue in Upwey, VIC. Many of us had played in the room, previously known as Burrinja and Uncle Neil's Cafe, over a period of many years (my involvement dated back to around 2002) - our shared gratitude for the beauty and welcome we have enjoyed in this space was evident on the night. It is challenging as the shape of venues/gigs/the music scene changes, and I remain committed to playing my part to help create a milieu that values community and a range of opportunities for musicians at all points in the journey. I look forward to continuing my involvement with the Darebin Songwriters' Guild and Jose and Friends this year, as well as a connection with the Alex Legg Memorial Foundation, through which I have greatly enjoyed the chance to attend songwriting masterclasses with Pat Pattison, a professor of lyric writing and poetry at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
As the year gets underway I am looking forward to an unexpected chance to record some songs live, allowing me to add to a group already in progress. I aim to produce a CD combining some re-releases of songs whose original recordings are no longer available (were on much earlier CDs) and some previously unreleased songs from a group that has so far not made it onto a CD. It is exciting to feel this project move from background to foreground and to begin to envisage its completion this year.
I will kick off the year with a performance at Lentil as Anything, Thornbury (Jose and Friends evening) on Thursday, February 14th. Appearances at the Lomond Acoustica, Cranbourne Uniting Church and PAVE festival, Emerald (see Gigs, please stay tuned for details re PAVE appearance) follow in February - April; I will also be posting composition-related things currently in the works when details are confirmed.
All the best as 2019 begins!
An in-depth interview in which Christina talks about her songwriting journey has been done by UK-based musician, writer and artist Walki Freedreamer, who has worked with Christina as a musician/collaborator and sound engineer. The interview has been published in Amplified, a journal for music lovers in British Mensa. Walki has made the interview available online at https://lordwalkiwolf.livejournal.com/18819.html.
A new CD release, Melbourne Composers' League - Celebrating Twenty Years, includes a group of four short piano pieces written and performed by Christina from her Suite from Sighting Silence, Sounding Image, a work mostly composed on collaborative residency at the Bundanon Arts Trust, Shoalhaven Region, NSW, with visual artist Dr Flossie Peitsch, in 2012. The CD can be purchased online at http://www.melbournecomposersleague.com/celebrating-twenty-years/. Christina is delighted to have work included on the CD, which was launched at Montsalvat, Eltham, on November 12th 2017.