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'Tales Of The Ocean City'

Book Two: 'Descent Into The Abyss'

Now Available on apple eBooks!


Read the Interview of Book One on Fantascize Magazine!


Visit the New BLOG!


Chris was selected to participate in one of four COMPOSER SHOWCASE Events with the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra
November 9th, 2013.

Maestro Zachary Schwartzman
The concerts have an environmental theme and Kaufman created a new version of his work 'Hudson Valley Music' specifically for the CCO titled:
'Ocean - Nocturne - Spirit'.

The week-long residence will include community outreach events as well.

Recent Performance of Hudson Valley Music
Solo Flute Version featuring
Robert Dick


Manhattan Producer's Alliance 'Live Music Showcase'
9/13 - at 78 Below, NYC.

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Chris was promoted to level of Artist Producer in the
Manhattan Producer's Alliance Organization!

The Manhattan Producers Alliance is a media education, professional mentoring and networking community comprised of Oscar, Grammy, Tony and Emmy award-winning musicians. We are dedicated to advancing the art of music composition, performance and recording. With the help and support of our members, we create unique professional development trainings for the music industry, as well as educational music/music technology initiatives for kids K-12.


The New York Premier of MUSIC FROM EARTH was performed at Zirzamin by DEMETRIUS SPANEAS
April 24th, 2013 as part of the
Manhattan Producer's Alliance 'Live Music Showcase'


Performed my IN MEMORIAM:WENDY MARANISS for solo piano (here) on the 'Social Networking Concert Event' founded by the late Douglas Townsend - and now kept going by his wife Jean. The concert was:
- April 23rd, 2013 at Saint Peter's Church -
and will be up on You Tube soon.

Press Release:


 'Tales Of The Ocean City'

 Book Two: 'Descent Into The Abyss'

Kaufman is presently creating new chapters in his prodigious Epic Fantasy Series for multimedia Ebook - 'Tales Of The Ocean City'.
Book One 'Battle In The Sky' is Now Available on itunes:  HERE:

Kaufman was writing stories since he was five years old and is enjoying this method of storytelling which puts together thrilling adventure story, dramatic narration and continuous cinematographic music - where the music is an equal partner and participates in the syntax of the writing. The work is presented in 'episodic form'.
At present Kaufman has about two hours of vivid and exciting material. By the end of 2013 the 'overall first volume' of 'Tales Of The Ocean City' will be complete - and over six hours in length. Kaufman is using the internet social streams, app process, radio and, later, live performances to move this project forward.


With designer/developer/Wizard Scientist co-founder of Soundtrack Studio John Kiehl - Chris has created a brilliant new Music Game for Ios devices! Great for all ages and for working with young people, this game tests your musical memory, presents classical music with passion and humor and teaches about the lives of composers.

Mr. Entopus - a colorful and friendly character, will lead, reward and encourage you in your journey through the ages as you earn points by how quickly you can identify the melodies! Factoids about the composers pop up and, as you progress, a fun factoid game will emerge! A complete timeline chart is part of the game which helps you learn when these composers lived and their music was written. We are now preparing it for IPHONE.

THE PAGES!: BLOG   Facebook Page

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In 2011 Kaufman Completed ThreeWorks for Orchestra:
Visit their project pages by pressing titles:
and ISLAND ('Eeslahnd')

*Recently Perofmed Twice April 2012: The Southwest Minnesota Orchestra under the direction of Daniel Rieppel.

Christopher Kaufman's HUDSON VALLEY MUSIC
IN PERFORMANCE: Presented by;

November 18th, 2011


Kaufman enjoyed speaking
about his work at Queens College (9/27/11)
at a composers seminar held under the
auspices of Professor Hubert Howe.
Kaufman spoke about his environmental
pieces and played a few small films to the
delight of the participants.

ASCAPLus Award Recipient!  
This award recognizes composers whose performances are primarily in venues not surveyed by ASCAP; and/or writer members whose catalogs have prestige value for which they would not otherwise be compensated.
This award is a wonderful opportunity for those of us who work in contemporary music genres that have many of our performances in alternative spaces, and countries that are not surveyed by ASCAP or may not follow international copyright law.

Kaufman is most grateful to receive this honor and thanks ASCAP and the Concert Division Board for recognizing his work.

Christopher Kaufman's HUDSON VALLEY MUSIC
IN PERFORMANCE: Presented by;

Friday, July 22, 8:00 p.m.
First Presbyterian Church, 27 Albany St., Cazenovia: info HERE:

Read Melinda Johnson's Article about this performance in the Syracuse Post-Standard HERE:

Kaufman on itunes!!!

50 Tracks of Music Selected and Released in 'Digital Opus One' now available on many on-line stores worldwide.

Distributed through Reverbnation you may visit 'Chris Kaufman's Sonic Emporium' to listen and purchase his music. They are organized into 6 Albums: 'Sonic Stories' (featuring his thrilling adventure story "Tales of the Ocean City'), 'Music For Your Imagination', 'Environmental Music', 'Classical Chamber Music and Songs', 'Soundtracks' and 'Miniatures'.

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New Commission:  The Russian Duo

This impressive duo - featuring Oleg Kruglyakov (Balalaika) and Terry Boyarsky (Piano) - is of growing world-wide fame and has asked Kaufman to write a new work for the 2012 season. The new work will feature narration and music to theatrically express Russian Folk-Tales. Oleg and Terry are expanding the repertoire of the balalaika and celebrate cross-cultural creativity. Kaufman looks forward to working with them to create a feast for the imagination and is deeply honored to be the first American composer to add to the balalaika/piano repertoire! Visit their site to read more about their inspiring work!

Christopher Kaufman's HUDSON VALLEY MUSIC
  Tuesday March 22nd, 2011 tubist Dave Unland premiered the solo tuba version of Hudson Valley Music at Ithaca College (Hockett Hall).

The version of 'Hudson Valley Music' designed for Ensemble Pi - was performed in the Great Hall of Cooper Union- MARCH 19th, 2011

In advance of the performance Kaufman participated on 2 radio shows: WKCR Columbia University Radio on March 15 (89.9 FM) and March 14th WBAI (99.5 FM) - about HVM and other topics.

Kaufman has also created 'redesigns' of 'Hudson Valley' for solo artists such as David Unland, Barbara Oldham, Matt Sullivan, and others.
Last summer Kaufman completed a work for Violin and Piano titled OCEAN in which he applies ideas from HVM into a traditional chamber music context - turning, for example, whale-song into themes and motives. Like HVM the music of OCEAN expresses the beauty of and identification with nature and 'Outrage' - here in the movement 'Oil in the Water'.
Here is a shot from the final performance of the opening tour of 'Hudson Valley Music' with Quintet of the Americas - at NYU's Frederick Loewe Theater: in the foreground you see artist Ken-Cro-Ken enacting a live painting as part of the performance:
          HVM was Commissioned by Barbara Oldham
                               and Premiered by  Quintet of the Americas
Christopher Kaufman's HUDSON VALLEY MUSIC features a CDTape composed of hundreds of natural sounds from the Hudson Valley Environment and compelling visuals comprised of natural imagery and the art of Ken-Cro-Ken and Alice Cotton.
The initial season was presented in concert with the Wildlife Conservation Society's 'Mannahatta Project'.
...Dr. Eric Sanderson spoke after some of the performances.
HUDSON VALLEY MUSIC celebrates the beauty and nature of the Hudson Valley as well as delivering a message concerning environmental preservation. PRESS for more information.

• LITTLE COURAGE (Independent Film) - screened at the The New York International Latino Film festival: Now being screened at similar events around the country.

Clearview Cinemas Chelsea Screen 8, 12:00 PM Sat, Aug 01
W 23rd St & 8th Ave, New York, NY

SVA Theater Screen 1, 3:00 PM Fri, Jul 31
23rd Street Bet. 8th and 9th Ave., New York, NY

• LITTLE COURAGE was also recently screened at the Lower East Side Arts Festival.

• Bombastiq Brass is performing my 'Theme and Variations on a Tune by T.'Fats' Waller'.


..... Christopher Kaufman at Carnegie Hall .........

On 1/31/09 I delivered a speech representing OBAMA Music, Arts and Entertainment. The brilliant New York Empire Trio, of the Bulgarian Virtuosi, performed. Their concert included a work by Bulgarian composer Roumi Petrova which I also introduced. I spoke about ObamaMae, the founder Marla Turner, of my experiences with ObamaMae and the participation of myself and other artists in Barack Obama's successful Presidential Campaign.

The New York Empire Trio performs at Canegie Hall (Weill Recital Hall)

visit their site by pressing their name. Hristo Popov, violin - Kalin Ivanov, cello - Joshua Pierce, piano.

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. "Mark Sutton is the host and producer of Liberal Arts, the radio show that explores the arts from an unapologetically political perspective." Visit his site here: Liberal Arts Radio


I was recently interviewed by Mark Sutton on his show the week of October 20, 2008. Feel free to visit the link and listen to the interview - you also hear the full interview above - which includes my setting of Barack Obama's North Carolina Victory Speech and our discussion of political action. You can also hear the featured work CALL FOR CHANGE - Victory N.C. on the music player above. Also you can listen to Mark's interview (on his site) with Marla Turner who founded the site Obama Music Arts and Entertainment where I was FEATURED ARTIST OF THE MONTH (August):: and where you can find my member page and download politically inspired music. All thanks to Mark and Marla! - two very impressive individuals.

Won the LOFTCITY VIRAL AD *AWARD - with writer/director Julian Overall.

Scored the film AZREAL with Italian director Eliana De Paolis. Completed full sound design for film 'THE LAST SON...' with Indian writer/director Varun Shah.

My music has been used for the Wall Street Journal 'Foward Thinking' campaign viewable here:Forward Thinking and 'J.D.Robb Salvation' for cable tv with Peter Cascone (4-D Creative Media).

Demetrius Spaneas - composer for film and concert stage / virtuoso performer (saxophone, clarinet, flute) - world traveling new music champion - read more about him and listen to his music by visiting his site.

MUSIC FROM EARTH: - for Alto Saxophone Soloist and Tape of Western/Eastern Orchestra, Electronic and Natural Sounds::

MUSIC FROM EARTH was composed during the last two weeks of August, 2007 for Saxophonist and New Music Champion Demetrius Spaneas. It is part of a series of works inspired by Environmental Awareness, the leadership of Al Gore and others, my own sense of these issues and my love of the sounds involved. Demetrius has premiered the work in Tashkent, Uzbekistan (11/7/7) and performed it at the DOM Cultural Center in Moscow. He continued to tour the work with a number of other pieces of American music (including his own) in locations such as Kyrgyzstan, the Ukraine, Bulgaria, St. Petersburg and Riga, Latvia. Now we will perform it in America. When possible the performances include a film of natural imagery. This film, which I created, uses microscopic images and images of familiar forms close up so as to appear abstract as well as recognizable natural images such as creatures and geographical forms.

HEAR EXCERPTS from MUSIC FROM EARTH at 'Chris Kaufman's Sonic Emporium', itunes, view the film at Live Earth or my youtube channel :

                                               Newsletter:                                  Previous News

*[All Sounds are 'watermarked' for protection and copywritten.]

You can find me on the American Composers Forum, the American Music Center and others.

Acknowledgements: Thanks to the many who have helped me on my way: my family, my teachers, my many artistic friends and collaborators, and advisors. - all new and old. And especially my dear wife Maryclare for her love and constant support.

VISIT the impressive sites of Kaufman's sisters;

Alexandria Pallas, Ph.D. - and read about her fascinating - 'The Indifference Project'.

And Alice Cotton - Illustrator, Artist, Award Winning Teacher and Musician. My first Teacher.



Jeffrey James Arts Consulting

Quintet of the Americas

Haim Avitsur

Robert Dick

New York Empire Trio

Nick Gallas


The Music of Jon Liechty

Idith Meshulam

Ensemble Pi

Hank Roberts

Dominick Rossetti

Demetrius Spaneas

Susana Weingarten

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A Poem written by Chris's mother - Actress/ScreenWriter Anna Filameno

I Came Here To Dance

I came here for raindrops
teeming down a storm
creating a wakeful uproar
and a lot of brouhaha

I came here for sunshine
steaming up the place
hot with fierce reactions
to set the world on fire

I came here for wind gales
twisting through the air
taking wild advances
and kicking up a storm

I came here for winter
the cold within my heart
taking biting chances
and freezing off my ass

I came here for springtime
breaking through the womb
folding like a fetus
pushing to be born

I came here to dance
to the music in my heart
a wild and untamed journey
to all those mad, mad places

You can hear Anna reading her Poem 'Sometimes' with Kaufman's musical orchestration accompaniment in the album 'Music For The Imagination' found at 'Chris Kaufman's Sonic Emporium'

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