Chris was born in Oamaru, New Zealand and is currently living in Sydney, Australia.
In 1984 Chris recorded and released his first solo piano album - "Piano", followed in 1986 by "Walk".
He released a third solo piano album "Glow" in 2001. This was followed in 2003 by "Streaming", and "Thrown"
In the late eighties he teamed up with Melanie Oxley and this has been
an ongoing partnership that has produced four albums thus far –
"Resisting Calm" (1988), "Welcome To Violet" (1992), "Coal" (1994) and
Chris is perhaps best known for his work in the minimalist trio The
. The Necks was formed in 1987 and have produced 14 albums since. In
recent years they have toured extensively both in Australia and Europe
to considerable critical acclaim.
Chris has been a guest on many recording with numerous Australian bands
such as The Triffids, The Laughing Clowns, The Apartments, Crow, The
Church and Midnight Oil and The Whitlams.
Collaborations include, in both recording and performance, many contemporary
improvising musicians including Burkhard Beins, Mike Cooper and Anthony Pateras.
He performs regularly in the improvising music scenes both in Australia and Europe.