Christopher A. Kaminski

Christopher A. Kaminski
Composer, Clarinetist, Improviser
Water Elephant Music


Photographer: Sara Waterman


Composer, clarinetist, and improviser Christopher A. Kaminski writes music that focuses on blending different genres together. His musical experiences include listening to his father’s Polka band growing up, playing in wind bands, jazz ensembles, and various chamber groups, and performing free improvisations with friends; he also taught piano lessons to young students out of a studio that mainly taught Southern Indian singing, guitar, violin, tabla, and dance. Kaminski is an avid lover of heavy metal, minimalism, jazz, and Carnatic music, and tries to incorporate these influences into his compositions. He has been commissioned by the Xelana Duo, the Meraki Chamber Players, BACOUSTICS Bassoon Ensemble, the Herbert Hoover Middle School Band, and others. His music has been performed at the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival 2016 and 2017, Connecticut Summerfest 2017, le Poisson Rouge in New York City, the Iowa Great Lakes Music Festival, Michigan State University, Montclair University, Rutgers University, and the Dynamic Music Festival 2015. After writing Flamingo Rising, a piece for six solo bassoons, antiphonal bassoon choir, and orchestra commissioned by Dr. Christopher Wickham and the BACOUSTICS Bassoon Ensemble (20 bassoons in total) in 2017, his newest project involves writing a piece for 16 bassoons and Women’s Choir, to be premiered in Spring 2018. He is also working on the soundtrack to a sci-fi video game, a piece for a 6th Grade Band in New Jersey, and working towards releasing an album. Kaminski received a B.M. in Composition from Rutgers University, and is currently pursuing his Masters in Composition with Dr. Lyn Goeringer at Michigan State University. In his spare time, he enjoys playing chaotic board games and Magic: The Gathering.


Last updated: 3/1/18