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Christian Berg[Back to list] Performing Arts
Mr. Berg holds a Master of Arts in Theory and Composition from Montclair State University, NJ and a Bachelor of Music in Double Bass Performance from Manhattan School of Music in New York.
He has enjoyed an active career in jazz for four decades as a performer in clubs, concerts, festivals, films, radio, and television with such leading musicians as Susanna McKorkle, Mel Lewis, Jimmy Knepper, Joe Albany, Chuck Wayne, Bob Wilber, Marty Grosz, Mulgrew Miller, Fred Hersh, Warren Vache, the Widespread Depression Orchestra, John Pizzarelli, and more. Since 2005 he has been the bassist with the prestigious Columbus Jazz Orchestra and has performed with them in Denmark, Germany, and all over the US as well as in their regular concert series at the Southern Theatre in Columbus, Ohio.
He appears on dozens of commercial recordings with such performers as the Dells, Marty Grosz, Tim Cummiskey, the CCM Faculty Jazztet, Vivian Lord, Dick Mackie, the Columbus Jazz Orchestra, Dave Greer's Classic Jazz Stompers, and many others. His CDs of original compositions, A Man is a Tree and Sweet Sorrow, both on Hipgnosis Records, have received much critical acclaim.
He is very active as a composer/arranger and his songs, jazz compositions, orchestral and chamber pieces and big band arrangements have been performed and recorded by many artists, locally and nationally. He also has composed music for film & television, musical theatre and video games.
As the former Director of Research and Music Development with Brain Actuated Technologies, Inc., Yellow Springs, OH, he developed and patented software for brain-actuated music. He is the inventor of the Berg Bass-in-a-Box, a collapsible semi-acoustic bass. He is assistant professor of Jazz Studies at Central State University, adjunct professor of Jazz Bass at Otterbein University, and a teacher in numerous clinics and workshops throughout the Midwest.