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Christopher Battles
Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: new music, classic sound

New York City has always held a special place in the American imagination. For generations, it has inspired more than its fair share of musical dreams.

Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter. He graduated from the Crane School of Music a couple of years ago and moved from his upstate hometown -- Oswego -- to New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not busking at a subway stop or on stage at a coffee house, he's a substitute band teacher.

Christopher Battles joined Todd Moe in the studio for music and conversation. We've followed his musical journey last year via a series of audio postcards, and he shared some of his favorite tunes.  Go to full article
Photo: Christopher Battles
Photo: Christopher Battles

Christopher Battles: out of the classroom, into the night life

Over the last few months, singer/songwriter Christopher Battles has shared his musical journey via audio postcards. The twenty-something is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic musician in New York City. We've heard occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Battles grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music and now lives in Brooklyn. He studied percussion and music education at Crane. Recently, he took us into the classroom as a substitute teacher. In this next segment, he says sometimes life is an endless stream of teaching at a variety of schools around the city, takeout for dinner and then off to a gig at an "open mic night" or coffee house.  Go to full article

Christopher Battles: music in the classroom

Musician Christopher Battles is hoping to make his mark as an acoustic singer/songwriter in New York City.

Over the last few months, Christopher Battles has shared his musical journey via audio postcards. We've heard occasional stories of his new life -- the pressures, emotional highs and lows and what it's like for an upstate troubadour in the big city.

Christopher grew up in Oswego, graduated from the Crane School of Music last year and now lives in New York City. He studied percussion and music education at Crane, and when he's not performing his brand of folk music on the street, subway platform or the stage of a coffee house, he's a substitute teacher.  Go to full article
Chris Battles on bongo drums.
Chris Battles on bongo drums.

Heard Up North: Bongo jam

The Crane School of Music's Latin Ensemble will fill Hosmer Concert Hall in Potsdam with the spicy sounds of salsa tonight. The 21 student musicians include voice, piano, guitar, brass, woodwinds and percussion. Latin jazz rhythms are hard to resist, especially for drummers. Today's "Heard Up North" is a quick Bongo lesson.  Go to full article

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