Chris Adriaanse is a an upright and electric bassist and educator based in Toronto. He appears as a member of a number of groups and as a freelance musician, open to play in just about any situation. He has been heard with such eclectic groups as Lullaby North (“Walk in Spirals” 2011, “Speak in Tongues” 2013, “Forget in Rhymes” 2015) Lila Ensemble, Tia Brazda, Shaky Knees (“7 Years” 2014) the Doug Tielli Band, The Ryan Carr Band, Crankbox, Astrosurf (“Live Off the Ocean Floor” 2016) the Adriaanse/Stanley Duo, Emily Raquel (“Self Titled” 2015) and with countless groups of jazz musicians and free improvisers in many performance contexts. He dabbles in composing for small jazz ensembles as well as Astrosurf and his compositions can occasionally be heard at performances.
Music has taken Chris on many adventures. He has played most of the Toronto/GTA bars, clubs and venues. He has toured through Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Austria, in many venues in the USA and from home to Halifax and to Quito, Ecuador. Chris has appeared in many festivals including the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Rochester Jazz Festival, Eco Art & Media Festival, TD Toronto Jazz Festival, 416 Improv Festival, iMix Festival, Let There Be Art Festival, Indie Week, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, CMW, NXNE, Bradford Jazz Festival, Barrie Jazz and Blues Festival, Scarborough Jazz and Blues Festival, Long Winter Series and the Regent Park ‘Magic City’ Festival with the TSO.