Dr. Christopher Clarino is a percussionist, educator, American Sign Language (ASL) artist and recording engineer based in San Diego, California.
Chris has studied at the University of California San Diego, Stony Brook University and the Eastman School of Music. His 2019 dissertation, “At the Intersection of American Sign Language and the Performer-Percussionist: A Hybrid Practice,” chronicles both the roles of gesture and language in the percussion repertoire, and his efforts at merging ASL and percussion into a new and idiosyncratic genre of performance art.
Chris has performed with the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Bang On A Can, the Ojai Music Festival, the Los Angeles Philharmonic’s annual “Noon to Midnight” concert, the Festival Internacional Cervantino, and Monday Evening Concerts. He has also performed at Carnegie Hall, Harvard University, Georgetown University, SUNY New Paltz, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Percussive Arts Society International Convention. He has been featured as soloist with the Eastman Wind Ensemble, the USMA Concert Band at West Point, the La Jolla Symphony & Chorus, the Fredonia Wind Ensemble and the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra.
His recordings of solo percussion works by Thomas DeLio and Larry Polansky will be released by Neuma Records and New World Records, respectively, in 2020.
Chris has studied under Steve Schick, John Beck, Michael Burritt and Eduardo Leandro.
He is thrilled to share his love and knowledge of music here at Villa Musica.