Christian Pincock is a trombonist, composer and educator who creates and works with a wide range of music. With a firm background in jazz performance and composition, he plays concerts and leads educational workshops in Seattle and on tour across the United States with various groups and solo trombone/custom electronics.
Christian performs solo works on trombone and computer using homemade controllers and computer software for live control over computer-generated sounds and processing. Some of these controllers include a set of modified organ pedals, buttons and motion sensors attached to his valve trombone and keyboard controllers used in nonstandard ways. He has released five recordings under his own name and has performed on other artists’ recordings.
Christian's performance project, Tightrope fearlessly walks between order and chaos, combining improvisation with composition in unusual ways. Christian Pincock (valve trombone and custom electronics) and collaborators perform this daring feat with loose groove-driven movements, ambient interludes and routines of curiously-shifting harmonies using original material, jazz standards and more as supports for their highwire act. Will they cross the chasm safely? Listen and find out!
Christian has taught classes and directed bands at the University of New Mexico jazz and dance departments, the New Mexico Jazz Workshop, Cornish College, Long Island Conservatory and public school systems in Boston, New York, Albuquerque and Seattle. He has led workshops on composition, electronic music, ensemble playing and improvisation at schools, arts organizations and festivals including University of Colorado Colorado Springs; University of California San Diego; the Santa Fe Complex; The Improvising Composer; and the International Society for Improvising Musicians.
Christian has performed with a diversity of artists such as Bob Brookmeyer, Bobby Shew, Toshiko Akiyoshi, George Garzone, George Russell, Ikue Mori, Wayne Horvitz, Gunther Schuller, Walter Thompson, Maria Schneider, David Liebman, Slide Hampton, Butch Miles, Andy Martin, Rob Wilkerson, and Justin Ray, Jack Wright, Evan Mazunik, John O’ Brien, Lily Maase, Jeremiah Cymerman, Thollem McDonus, Mark Weaver, Ben Wright, Milton Villarrubia III, Tatsuya Nakatani, Mark Weaver, Julian MacDonough, Sean Buckley, Robert Muller, Rick Compton, Aaron Otheim, Chris Icasiano, Luke Bergman, Levi Gillis, Jon Hansen, Evan Woodle, David Balatero, Evan Smith, Max Wood, Gus Carns.
Christian holds a bachelor of music degree from New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Bob Brookmeyer and John McNeil and a Master of Music degree from Manhattan School of Music in jazz studies where he studied with Steve Turre and David Taylor. His continuing education experiences include the Music OMI Residency (2007) and The Banff Center Workshop for Jazz and Creative Music (2005).