Chris Michell

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Chris Michell (Christa Michell) née Hughes is an English flautist and composer of ambient-classic and New Age music; Dolphin Love album (1991) was an early example of the New Age genre, with dolphin, whale and sea sounds, intrinsic to the musical texture.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

With Welsh, Scottish and Irish ancestry, Christine Margaret Hughes was born at Hampton, near Malpas, Cheshire, England.[2] She attended the University of Liverpool (1969-1972) and the Guildhall School of Music (1972-1973), London.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

Michell became sub-principal flute/piccolo with Welsh National Opera for five years (1976-1981); free-lanced with Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC, English National Ballet, Opera North, Manchester Camerata and Northern Ballet until 1986. Teaching included Royal College of Music, Junior Department, University of Lancaster, Putney High School for Girls, Royal School, Bath and Wells Cathedral School, Somerset.

Astarte Music Productions set up in 1989, was Michell’s own independent record label. Mark Vibrans produced her first album Song for Sophie 1989 for Astarte Music. Michell also started performing with Nigel Shaw at this time and developed the free improvisatory style that became their trademark, in the album Dreaming Pool 1990. In 1991 she recorded Dolphin Love with Clifford White and Arnie Sage and this proved to be a popular album in UK, USA and Australia.[3]

After performing at an International New Age Music Conference in Los Angeles in 1991, Michell was offered a record deal with World Discs, USA and later Northsound, USA (now liquidated); record deals also with New World in Australia and Oreade Music, Netherlands.[4]

In 1999, Michell (as Christa Michell) recorded Tibetan Chakra Meditations with Ben Scott, giving a 5% Royalty from each album sold to the Tibet Relief Fund, London.[5]

In 2001 she had a personal audience and performed for the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India. She presented him with her album Tibetan Freedom Chants, which was recorded with monk Ven.Bhagdro, to raise money and awareness for the Tibetan cause.[6]

http://www.chrismichell.com

Discography[edit]

Album Name Year Record Company
Song for Sophie 1989 Astarte Music Productions (UK)
Dreaming Pool (with Nigel Shaw) 1990 DPP/ Astarte Music Productions (UK)
Dolphin Love 1991 Astarte Music Productions (UK), World Discs (USA), Oreade Music (Netherlands) and New World (Australia)
Evening Light [7] 1992 World Discs (USA)
Celestial Harmony 1993 Astarte Music Productions (UK)
Capricorn [8] 1993 Oreade Music (Netherlands)
Serenity (Lovestreams) 1994 Astarte Music Productions (UK) and World Discs (USA)
Dreamtime Dolphin [9] 1996 Oreade Music (Netherlands)
Crystal Dolphin Meditations 1996 Astarte Music Productions (UK)
Summer Dreams 1996 Northsound Music (USA)
Isle of Avalon (with Stuart Gordon) 1998 Northsound Music (USA)
Dolphin Song (with Stuart Gordon) 1998 Oreade Music (Netherlands)
Celtic Love (with Stuart Gordon) 1999 Delphi Music (UK)
Tibetan Chakra Meditations (with Ben Scott) 1999 Oreade Music (Netherlands)
Dolphin Music for the Inner Child (with Mike Rowland) [10] 2001 Oreade Music (Netherlands)
Tibetan Freedom Chants ( with Ven Bhagdro) 2002 Oreade Music (Netherlands)
Ocean of Love [11] 2003 Oreade Music (Netherlands)
The Last Whale [12] 2006 Oreade Music (Netherlands)
Reflections [13] 2007 Oreade Music (Netherlands)

Michell also has released over a hundred tracks on compilation albums world-wide.[citation needed] To View more information about Chris Michell, visit her website www.chrismichell.com

References[edit]

  1. ^ John Bush. "Chris Michell - Music Biography, Streaming Radio and Discography - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  2. ^ "Chris Michell - Full Biography". thedolphinway.com.
  3. ^ "Dolphin Love - Chris Michell - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  4. ^ Oreade publisher's Chris Michell page
  5. ^ Chris True. "Tibetan Chakra Meditations - Chris Michell,Ben Scott - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  6. ^ John Bush. "Tibetan Freedom Chants - Chris Michell - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  7. ^ "Evening Light - Chris Michell - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  8. ^ "Capricorn - Chris Michell - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  9. ^ "Dreamtime Dolphin - Christa Michell - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  10. ^ "Artists - Top Music Artists and Bands". Billboard.
  11. ^ Johnny Loftus. "Ocean of Love: The Best Of - Chris Michell - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  12. ^ "The Last Whale: Flute Meditations from the Soul of the Planet - Chris Michell - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.
  13. ^ "Reflections - Chris Michell - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic.