Instructor
Joined in
2019
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About Chris Merwin

Chris began studying the guitar at the age of 12 and was performing and teaching
by the time he was 17. He studied bluegrass flat picking on acoustic guitar at 18,
and learned to play many styles including blues, rock, heavy metal, and some
classical. At 21 he began to play the Hawaiian steel guitar, and at 24 branched out
by picking up the Colombian tiple, Irish bouzouki, Turkish saz, Arabic oud,
studying classical Arabic music for three years with a master from Iraq. He later
picked up the Portugese guitar, Turkish yali tambur, and mandolin, and steel
drum.

He specializes in Caribbean music playing both reggae and calypso and
taught himself the steel drum. In his late 20s he began studying the Japanese
shakuhachi flute and it took over his musical life. Since that time it has been his
main instrument of focus and he is now highly classically trained on it playing both
Buddhist meditation and classical music, as well as folk songs. He also studied
Hawaiian music in Hawaii and at home in NY, and is steeped in American roots
music-blues, country, gospel, and bluegrass. He offers shows in all these styles as
well shows of popular cover songs from the 40s through the 90s. He has played in
many original bands since the age of 14 and has been composing his own music
since that time.

In addition to his musical studies he began travelling the world to
study traditional music at the source and to learn more about the world we live
in. His travels have taken him to Tibet (twice), Egypt, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos,
Japan (many times), China (twice), Holland, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, and all
over America and Canada. He studied shakuhachi in Japan with one of the eras
greatest masters, and he studied oud in Egypt. He has performed at the National
Cherry Blossom Festival, the United Nations, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the
New York and Brooklyn Botanical Gardens, as well as countless libraries, arts
councils, and schools.

Mount Kisco Music & Arts 914-241-0689 BEDFORD HILLS NY