Chris has been performing throughout the northwest for 30 years. He is an alumnus of Mt Hood Community College and Portland State University. Chris has written and performed music for various projects including Microsoft video game "Arthur" (which sold over a million copies worldwide), PBS, Thriftway Inc., Nike, Intel and many others. He has performed on several live television broadcasts including, A.M. Northwest, Good Day Oregon and others.
Chris and Island Breeze have been performing in the northwest for over 25 years. They play many different styles of music from all over the world. Their music highlights the Steel Drum or "steel pan" from Trinidad,West Indies - as well as the vibes, (xylophone) marimba, the use of guitar both electric and classical, bass - both acoustic and electric, and percussion, drum set, congas etc.
Band Members: Christopher Kern:Steel Drums, Marimbas and Vocals, Ken Graves: Guitars, Byron Mercurius: Drums and Vocals, Dan Davis: Bass, Scott Wardinsky: Percussion
Influences: Andy Narrell, A.C. Jobim, Airto, Jazz, J.S.Bach, Carlos Santana, Astor Piazolla, Old Calypso, New Calypso, Classic Cuban, Reggae. Christopher and Byron also compose original music.