Chris Sies is a percussionist and improviser who seeks to bring visceral and engaging musical experiences to diverse audiences. A versatile performer with "virtuoso flair" (Detroit Free Press), Chris has appeared with the United States Navy Band, New Music Detroit, The Michigan Arab Orchestra, the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, and the “experimental powerhouse," SŌ Percussion. An avid promoter and performer of contemporary music, Sies has premiered numerous works including the world premiere of Phil Kline’s Dreamcitynine, the Midwest premiere of John Luther Adams' Sila: The Breath of the World as well as several premieres of JLA’s bombastic percussion masterpiece Inuksuit. He has also performed at such events as the Midwest Composer’s Symposium, the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival, and New Music Detroit’s annual Strange Beautiful Music.
Among his many musical projects, Sies is an active composer and is the percussionist with new music ensemble Latitude 49 as well as the Willo Collective. Sies can regularly be heard playing with rock acts such as Sam Cooper and the Sleepwalkers as well as Stacked Like Pancakes, among other bands. A passionate educator in the Chicago area, Sies is on faculty at the Chicago Academy for Performing Arts, The People’s Music School, and Triton College. Chris believes that all students have a voice in music and it is his job to find that voice and guide students in a meaningful experience through musical expression.
Chris joined Chicago Percussion Lessons in April, 2016.