incorporates as many different styles into his music as he can-Bebop dissonance,
jazzy chord changes,soulful
melodicism,even powerchords.Combined with his stunning two handed technique,Chris's
eclecticism makes for a refreshing and unique guitar style."
Chris featured in the 4th annual
sound-page competition held by Guitar Player and in the Hometown Heroes
column in Guitar World,both major achievements,
but that's not the last
you've heard of him,believe me!
Although Chris started at the
late age of 17, he soon caught up by practising 8 hours a day,helped by
his father,who is one of the most respected guitar instructors in the city.
guitar is a state of mind.I'm thinking music 24 hours a day"
says Chris.He cites Jimi Hendrix ,Django
Reindhardt,Lenny Breau,John Coltrane, Allman Brothers Band as his influences,the
artist who had the biggest impact on Chris's playing is Larry Coryell.
Larry when he performed in Bombay in 1985.He showed me how to play harp
harmonics,and it changed my life.From then on I decided to concentrate
on harp harmonics."
He is not into
main stream Rock but he does take tips from a good song or two. Chris uses
Ibanez guitars especially his Ibanez Universe 7 string & the Ibanez
Jem 77.He has a custom carved wood finish guitar with flat wound strings
which he uses for his slide playing.
Chris's antics on stage are
reminiscent of Jimi Hendix.. Guitar behind his back(with harmonics),
playing with his tongue and
demonic wah playing.In fact there is more of Hendrix in him than he is
ready to admit. One of his friends says that Chris's style of playing reminds
him of Hendrix...
Chris is at the present composing
new material along with giving guitar lessons in Bombay & Goa. Two
of his best songs are:
JOURNEY-An instrumental rock ballad in
the mixolydian mode,the opening melody brings out his harp harmonics, the
mode lending a bluesy feel. The bridge comprises mainly of eight finger
tapping(wow..!) giving it a jazzy feel bringing to mind elements of Coltrane.In
short the piece is Chris Bismark meets Lenny Breau at a John Coltrane festival. TRINITY-This one is dedicated to GOD
!. Chris wrote this song as a thanksgiving for his God-given talent.
This piece is avant-garde stuff. As enigmatic and mysterious as the 'ONE'