Chris Grymes

Chris Grymes, clarinetist with the NS Ensemble and curator of Open G Series will present on the topic of Musical Citizenship and Collaboration.


Grymes describes his session: What does it mean to be a good artistic partner as a performer and how do you create and expand upon your musical communities? Performers who play a lot of new music have the unique opportunity to build relationships and friendships with the composers who write music for them. Creating and expanding these circles of friends and co-citizens of our musical world is critical not only for the creation of new art, but in creating entirely new structures both inside and outside of the traditional structure of the music industry.

A powerfully virtuosic and multifaceted clarinetist, Chris Grymes’ playing is “eloquent. . .animated and free of any interpretive self-indulgence” (The Strad) and “scintillating in its energy and technique” (The Clarinet). Chris is a musician with a stunningly broad portfolio: a tenured professor, a principal orchestral clarinetist, a concerto soloist, a chamber musician, a commissioning collaborative artist, and now the founder of his own indie classical label, Open G Records. At Open G Records, Chris oversees and curates a collective of musicians, composers, and recording engineers, dedicated to the old-school craft of creating and performing classical music.

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