Christopher Kennedy Alpiar is an award-winning composer for Film, TV, Stage Theater, Advertising and Video Games. His specialization is in large orchestral compositions and Jazz large and small ensemble works, and with his background equally balanced in Jazz and orchestral music, he is considered a composer's composer, who not only can communicate emotion with every audience, but who also makes art from it.
Mr. Alpiar spent the earlier years of his life as a Jazz saxophonist. As an instrumentalist he has had the unique pleasure of recording as a sideman on hundreds of recording sessions and spent a significant amount of time touring Europe and South America. His experiences as a performer encompass every genre of music currently catalogued, including: Pop, Rock, Blues, Jazz, Hip Hop, Acid Jazz, Reggae, Souca, Calypso, Salsa, Merengue, Coumbia, Big Band, Grunge, Death Metal, Ska, Avant-Garde, and so many others. He has shared the stage with Jazz greats including Joe Lovano, Randy Brecker, Peter Erskine, Eliane Elias, Michelle Petrucciani, Will Lee, and many others.
Through his worldly experiences he spent much of that time in studious awe of different world culture and their natural musics. His education includes performance and sound engineering majors at Miami-Dade Community College, performance and Jazz composition majors at Berklee College of Music in Boston (where he won the Quincy Jones Award for Jazz composition) studying with Jazz legends including Herb Pomeroy, George Garzone, Andy McGhee and Billy Pierce. And 3 years of study of the Ewe and Dagomba drumming and music from Ghana by master drummer Abubakari Lunna and ethnomusicologist David Locke.
With extensive knowledge in audio engineering, multi-media production and using MIDI as a composition tool, Mr. Alpiar's focus on technology and the internet led him to the creation of Businessounds, Inc., a multimedia technology company in South Florida. He was hired by Seattle based InfoSpace, Inc in 1998 which eventually led to the creation of InfoSpace Studios, where he designed, built and managed a million dollar facility
for video tracking and post-production, and an international RealServer webcasting facility. Pioneering ideas showcased at RealNetworks and Macromedia websites, Mr. Alpiar fathered several multi-media concepts for the internet with audio, animation, and video.
Since that time, Chris has been actively involved as a composer, writing for orchestra, jazz ensembles, rock and pop bands, hip hop tracks, and all manner of known (and unknown) musical styles. He spent a year co-writing a Broadway musical with composer John Comfort: "Shapin' Up", a modern comedy play by Scott Adler.