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Christopher Bingham

Once upon a time, a kid from down and out St. Louis, MO, packed up his beater car, rambled over the mountains, and came out to Washington State to study music composition at Evergreen. Decades later, he’s still in the Pacific Northwest, composing, performing, and recording.

Christopher Bingham grew up in early 1970s St. Louis, where as a teen, the late night FM airwaves bit him with the prog bug. He never recovered. He’s done everything from acoustic folk through jazz, rock, and orchestral pieces, but he always comes back to writing chewy, complex music that remains melodic and accessible, while taking your mind to different galaxies.

After three solo records in the 80s and 90s, Bingham and his wife, Sue Tinney, debuted the seminal Pagan band, Gaia Consort, at Nudestock '97, playing for 800 naked sun worshipers. Tapping into the Neo-Pagan zeitgeist of the new millenium, they achieved some moderate success, and eventually evolved into Bone Poets Orchestra in 2009.

So what do they sound like now? They make a kind of psychedelic chamber pop. Bingham, singing lead, and playing lead guitar has a clear tenor that gets compared to Greg Lake or Dave Mathews. Sue Tinney on co-lead and harmony vocals is a breathy alto reminiscent of Norah Jones. The string arrangements often sound like a nod to War Child era Jethro Tull. The rhythm section genuflects to Peter Gabriel’s drum sensibilities, with a Jaco-esque moments in the bass lines . There is hammond throughout the keyboards, and plenty of mellotron. The groove fits the lyric content, which inspires allegiance if you celebrate the natural world, polyamory, or have ever dipped your toes into psychedelic and alternative culture.

Bone Poets Orchestra is a concert band. Eschewing the club scene, Bingham built his audience by self-producing house concerts, renting community centers, small theaters, and eventually getting into some festivals. (Heartland 2000, Faerieworlds main stage for five years running 2005-2009, others.)

Long before Kickstarter, Bingham crowd-sourced his recordings. (Adopt-a-Song!) Over the years, fans have donated over $100,000 to make these records happen.

Live, Bingham leads with stories - sometimes visited by his alter ego, St Crispy, Patron of Flashbacks and Household Clutter - and there is a fair amount of singing along, and dancing too. He's been asiisted by world class players through all of it. A lifetime of dedicated composing has produced full blown symphonies, extenbed jams, and tight pop ditties.

Bingham's work has been used foor several indie productions including Picture This Production's documenatary "When Two Won't Do," and Terisa Greenan's "Family" webseries, her documentary "Someday You" and her full length feature "Miss Shellagh's Miniskirt" as well as a treasure trove of music videos directed by Greenan for his songs.

    Christopher Bingham Releases:
  • Always the Sirens -1987
  • The Burning - 1993
  • Angel and the Hanged Man -1996
  • Gaia Circles - 1999
  • Secret Voices - 2001
  • Evolve - 2004
  • Vitus Dance - 2007
  • Belladonna Smiles - 2010
  • Atheist Anthems - 2011
  • Ecstasy in the Ruins - 2014
  • Edge of the Western World - 2016
  • Tastes Better When You Share - 2019
  • Murphy Shrugged - pre pro, working toward 2022

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