About

Chris Cretella is a guitarist, composer and improvisor working out of New Haven, CT (well…actually Meriden…but that’s close enough to New Haven…right?). He holds a BA in music from Southern Connecticut State University and an MM in Contemporary Improvisation from The New England Conservatory of Music where he studied with Joe Morris and Anthony Coleman. Since leaving NEC Chris has been working on developing a system of playing on the guitar through regular small group improvisation with frequent collaborators such as Joe Morris, Nigel Taylor, and Zach Rowden. This work on the guitar is often spit back out somewhere down the line as compositions. Very much an improvisor at heart, Chris’ written music often deals with some sort of open parameters. Chris has performed in the United States and Europe with Joe Morris, Anthony Coleman, Mary Halvorson, Gary Lucas, Rhys Chatham, Carl Testa, Nigel Taylor, Fausto Sierakowski, Andy Allen, Dave Parmelee, Colin Fisher, Adam Matlock, Mike Paolucci, Brian Slattery, Mike Tepper, Jack Wright, Peter Negroponte, Zach Rowden, Stephen Haynes, Stole Liavik Solberg, Anne Rhodes, Nathan Bontrager, Sam Weinberg, Susana Santos Silva, Trevor Saint, Nate Trier, Grant Beale and a whole bunch of others. Chris has released several albums over the past few years as a leader and/or collaborator. You can listen to and, if you feel so inclined, purchase these in the music section.