Bassist/composer Chris Talio’s evocative music transports audiences to otherworldly settings. Among his influences are Debussy, Satie, the painter Cezanne , and the J.R.R. Tolkien, the novelist. He borrows musical idioms from progressive rock, electronic, classical, and jazz traditions. Interested in performing across a vast array of musical idioms, Chris Talio has constructed ensembles that serve as vehicles for his original music and exploration into compositions considered to be standard pop, jazz, and classical repertoire.
In addition to composing and performing original music, Chris has become a popular sideman in the New York City area and beyond. In 2009, Mr. Talio performed Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” at Carnegie Hall with the Jazz Band Classic alongside the New York Youth Symphony. During Jazz Band Classic’s 2009 – 2010 concert year Christopher collaborated with jazz artists such as Rich Perry, Ingrid Jensen, and Geoffry Keezer performing with them at venues such as Symphony Space and the Allen Room at Lincoln Center.
An active freelancer, Chris has also performed the original music of his peers in a range of NYC venues including The 55 Bar, Smalls, Fat Cat, Smoke and the Bar Next Door. Bassist for the Funk/Pop/Rock/R&B band Roof Access, Chris plays regularly at The Bitter End, Club Groove, Wicked Willies, and Kenny’s Castaways. Abroad, Mr. Talio has performed at the Perugia, Italy’s Umbria Jazz festival as part of the Berklee School of Music’s Summer Workshop. An advocate of personal health and fitness, Mr. Talio played at a benefit concert for the Jazz Musicians Health Fund in 2008 and in 2010 he gave a concert at NYU hospital for Children with Leukemia. As an athlete, Chris is deeply passionate about natural bodybuilding and competes in the WNBF (World Natural Bodybuilding Federation). Christopher completed his Bachelor’s Degree at Manhattan School of Music in Double Bass Performance and has studied with David Grossman, Jay Anderson, and Garry Dial.