Mills Music Professor’s Artistic Inspirations Profiled in Keyboard Magazine
Oakland, CA–January 05, 2017 Recent work by Mills College Music Professor Chris Brown is featured in a Keyboard magazine article detailing technical aspects and artistic inspirations that form the basis of his compositions.
Much of the article focuses on Brown’s concert-length solo piano recording Six Primes, composed using the first six prime numbers 2, 3, 5, 7, 11 and 13 to govern tuning, harmony, rhythm and form. The work requires retuning a piano outside its normally accepted structure.
Brown, who also is co-director of Mills renowned Center for Contemporary Music, reveals that like many Mills educators, he has enjoyed diverse experiences outside of academia that influence his expertise as an educator.
“By the time I got to Mills, I had been supporting myself as a piano tuner in San Francisco for about 10 or 15 years,” he told the magazine in its 1,200-word profile on the professor.
Brown has worked at Mills College since 1987. He teaches Musics of the World, American Music, computer and electronic music, and composition. His professional interests include composition and improvisation, interactive electronic music, building musical instruments, world music and sound installations.