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 - July-August 2020
Ah, ebbs and flows. Along with everyone around me, I am adjusting to more lockdown (stages 3 and 4) in Melbourne. Ongoing songwriting group get-togethers on Zoom, as well as the live-streams and videos of favourite artists, are keeping me connected with music life at the moment. A highlight has been participating in the online songwriting retreat coordinated online this year by the SummerSongs group with whom I connected in July 2018. Great to see old friends and write some new songs! Rolling with the changes, I am doing a few online performances with groups - I am grateful for the virtual stages being created by the Not the Dancing Dog Open Mic hosted by WestMuse, and the Darebin Songwriters' Guild, who are staging their first online event on Sunday 30/8 (see Shows).
I am also delighted to share the link for Western Sydney University’s Make Music Day virtual music showcase, co-curated by Associate Professor Sally Macarthur and Dr Clare Maclean. Make Music Day is June 21. WSU is presenting this showcase in association with Make Music Australia and Create NSW. Work by WSU students, alumni and staff is featured, and I am honoured to have a piece included in the New Classical Music area - Edge Sky Self was commissioned by Melbourne’s Homophonic! ensemble and performed in concerts at La Mama Carlton in late January and early February this year, part of the annual Midsumma Festival. The text of the piece is by the late Candy Royalle, an amazing performance poet from NSW with whom I connected while we were both on residency at Bundanon Arts Trust, NSW, in 2012.
Best wishes and stay safe
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.