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.

Chris received his Bachelors in Fine Arts, specialized honours in music from York University in 2012. While at York, he was awarded a York University Talent Scholarship, one of the Dean’s Prizes for Excellence in the Fine Arts, and the Oscar Peterson Scholarship for excellence in Jazz performance. In his final year, Chris was selected as one of the few participants of Jazz FM 91’s ‘Jazzology’ program.
Chris always had an profound interest in the learning process, and believes strongly that the best part of playing music is sharing it with others. For these reasons he always knew he needed to include teaching in his endeavors. He currently teaches private lessons in any style of guitar, electric bass and acoustic bass, music theory and idiomatic and non-idiomatic improvisation. His approach to all lessons is simple in concept; everything centred around learning to listen to music actively and intelligently, and approaching the gain of music literacy and proficiency patiently, one bite at a time. Chris currently teaches in Toronto at his own studio and at Scarboro Music.