«Christen Lien» - biografía, álbumes, canciones, videoclips

Short Bio:


Using guitar effects and a looping machine, classically trained violist Christen Lien performs original compositions on viola and harmonica that are a beautiful mixture of East and West, classical and postmodern, and acoustic and electronic. Lien’s debut album is called Vol. I: Battle Cry and it reflects a 24-year journey of challenging and expanding classical Viola expression. Spontaneously creating then incorporating layers of live effects, Lien paints music with guitar effect pedals, live looping, melodic mixing and expressive performance. For more info, visit www.itsnotaviolin.com.


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Long Bio:


Using guitar effects and a looping machine, classically trained violist Christen Lien performs original compositions on viola that are a beautiful mixture of East and West, classical and postmodern, acoustic and electronic. Spontaneously creating then incorporating layers of live effects, Lien paints music with guitar effect pedals, live looping, melodic mixing and expressive performance.


Lien’s debut album is called Vol. I: Battle Cry and it reflects a 24-year journey of challenging and expanding classical Viola expression, taking it to a new level. She was recently showcased on Oprah Radio and on NPR’s KPCC in Los Angeles, to discuss her unique method of composing and performing, as well as the motivation and backstory of each song from Vol. I: Battle Cry, an album dedicated to the “fierce urgency of now.”


Lien is also recognized for the use of her song ‘15 Aftermaths‘ in the acclaimed video Midway. Message From the Gyre. in collaboration with award-winning photographer Chris Jordan. The video, which depicts how plastic pollution has affected the albatross birds of the remote island of Midway Atoll in the North Pacific, has received accolades for the increased awareness the project has brought to the issue of plastic pollution. She is an avid supporter of the Plastic Pollution Coalition.


Always placing meaning and thoughtfulness about the human condition as the foundation of her creative work, Lien is often found in dialogue with her audience and fans about global issues of our time.


Recently Lien performed at TEDxOilSpill in Washington DC, and featured a song that was inspired by her own trip to the Gulf Coast. Lien was recruited to share her understanding of Harmony with an audience of rocket scientists and engineers from NASA, she was part of the Youth Delegation at Governor Schwarzenegger’s Global Climate Summit to discuss the role of artists in the climate change movement, and spent time with the indigenous Achuar tribe of the Amazon rainforest to better understand how the tribes of the Amazon fight the deforestation challenges due to the pressure of multi-national oil companies for the coveted resources that lie beneath the rainforest.


Lien recently debuted the music video for the song ‘Unabi‘ (translates to “flash of light” in Zulu) which features the abandoned auto factories of Detroit and the acclaimed “Detroit Industry” fresco cycle mural by Diego Rivera.