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 - June/July 2019
Delighted about the performance of Land, Sea, Sky for string orchestra by the Southern Cross Philharmonia Orchestra that took place in May, I want to thank the SCPO and conductor Houston Dunleavy for their wonderful work with my piece - unable to attend the performance, I have been able to hear a recording that was made, for which I also express thanks; I am hoping to be able to share this soon. Late May brought travels in the UK for me, during which I recharged, connecting with both people and places including Cornwall and the Lake District, both of which are truly beautiful. I was also able to connect with a folk club in Eltham, South London, and thank the FolkMob for making me welcome as a featured guest at their singaround night. On return to Melbourne my immediate focus has been the Melbourne Composers' League's Elbow Room Festival, a two-program afternoon of varied works on 23/6 by a range of composers, including a tribute to composer Jacob Taurins (1968-2018). It was great to take in the performances of works by composer colleagues and to present a two-item set.
Looking ahead, late June/July bring four events, beginning with a return to Lentil as Anything, Thornbury to share the stage with Terry Springford at the regular Thursday night Jose and Friends event (27/6). I'll be appearing at the Lomond Acoustica on Wednesday 10/7 with two other artists tbc, and doing a set during the proceedings at an Art Auction organised by the Matrix Guild, Vic., on Sunday 14/7 at the Northcote Town Hall. Finally, I look forward to a live-to-air on 97.1 3MDR's The Dotted Line on Wednesday 24/7, 9pm. For all of these, please see the shows list for more details. Into the future, I am excited to be involved in the Irish and Celtic Music Festival in Yass in September, welcoming the chance to connect with others performing a range of Celtic/folk music. More on this a bit further down the track ...
Behind the scenes, background work continues as always. Maintaining connections with the songwriting community and enjoying trying out some new ways of writing, to see what might emerge.
With best wishes as winter really moves in ...
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.