Christine Vaindirlis

Christine Vaindirlis was born in London, grew up in South Africa and then moved to Italy to pursue her passion for music. From the “Conservatorio di Milano G.Verdi” whereafter she was awarded a full scholarship by the State of Lombardy to study opera under the supervision of “Teatro della Scala di Milano”, in 2001 she was endowed “The Berklee College of Music Achievement Scholarship” and graduated with Honors in 2004 with a dual major B.M. in Contemporary Writing & Production and Performance as a Voice principal. She also served as an ambassador of the College for the World Scholarship Tour Auditions and in 2003, her merits were recognized by the Solo and Ensemble Award for Outstanding Musicianship.

With extensive experience as a sideman and band leader in the many facets of the music industry over diverse stylistic approaches from classical to Funk, R&B, Rock, Jazz and World Music, she ventured into producing and directing “Shikisha!”, an entertaining twenty-three piece Boston based band promoting the Music of South Africa.

Privileged to perform with artists like Hiromi, Layla Hathaway, Esperanza Spalding, Leni Stern, Bakithi Kumalo, Abraham Laboriel, Tony Cedras, Wunmi, Morris Goldberg and The Tower of Power Ensemble among few, and in world renown venues and festivals like the Piccolo Teatro di Milano and Auditorium di San Fedele in Italy, the Epidauros Amphitheatre in Greece, the Cotton Club in Tokyo, the International Folk Music Festival in Boston and at the Miriam Makeba and Winston Mankuku Memorial Tribute Concerts 2008/9 in New York City, Christine in 2008 experimented with a different genre, produced and co-written with deepaGrooves, her single “What About You?” hit the House Music Charts and was remixed by Clive Mckenzie, Keith Blackstone and Brian Burnside in the US, and Charles Webster in the UK under Miso Records.

In 2009 Vaindirlis, the New York based global trotter released her debut album of original compositions and arrangements on Ubuntu World Music. "Dance Mama!" is a fusion of Funk, Jazz and South African influenced vocal and horn arrangements featuring an “All-Star” band. Three of the tracks hit the finals, semi-finals and quarter-finals of the 2009 USA, International (ISC) and UK Songwriting Competitions respectively, while the album is receiving airplay on the in-flight World Music play-lists on Continental, Copa and United Airlines.

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82 West 3rd Street (btw Thompson & Sullivan) Greenwich Village New York NY 10012 tel. 212-477-ZINC (9462) Open 7 days: 6pm-2:30am weeknights 6pm-3am weekends

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