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CHRISTOPHER LAYER - Uilleann Pipes, Flute & Whistle
Christopher Layer, a gifted multi-instrumentalist, plays the Irish Uilleann Pipes, Simple System Wood Flutes, Pennywhistle, Scottish Highland Bagpipes and Scottish Small Pipes, Bassoon, Electric and String Basses. As one of the premier traditional musicians in the US, Christopher has sought to bring the music of the Uilleann pipes and Irish flute to ever widening audiences around the world. Traditional music was a staple in his family home in Indiana, and his classical skills where honed at The Hargreaves School of Music at Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana, and the prestigious Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington.

His numerous orchestral appearances include: The National Symphony (Kennedy Center), The Pittsburgh Symphony, The St. Louis Symphony, The Baltimore Symphony, The Portland Symphony, The Seattle Symphony, as well as The Alabama, Detroit, Lafayette, Knoxville, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Muncie, Missouri, Richmond, and Jacksonville Symphony Orchestras. His music festival appearances include; The Moab Music Festival, The Aspen Summer Music Festival, The Bard Chamber Music Festival, Festival Internacionale de LaFayette, Louisianna, Tage Alter Musik, Regensburg, Germany, The Bard Music Festival at Lincoln Center, The Vancouver Folk Festival, The Calgary Folk Festival, Festival Memoire et Racines, Quebec, The Old Songs Festival, The Indiana Fiddlers Gathering, and The New World Festival as well as numerous dance and music festivals in Asia, Europe, and North America.

Concert production/collaboration: Scots on the Rocks and From the French Court to the Cajun Kitchen for the Moab Music Festival, The Folklife Concert at Ticonderoga, La Nouvelle Orleans and Music In The Barn both for Project America at the 92nd St. Y. Compositions include: scoring for the Irish independent film, Exile. Solo recordings: Out of Thin Air, and Return of the Rivers, both available through the artist. Layer has made two duo recordings with Swiss harpist, Martha Waldvogel-Warren Stones Unturned; and The Curvey Road. Layer is a member of Local Hero, a Scottish dance band, Dulra, an Irish early music ensemble, and The Spondooliks, an experimental lark with roots in improvisation and traditional music. Layer has taught at the Augusta National Folklife Center in Elkins, West Virginia, for Feis Na Gael, in the Hebrides, Scotland, on board the NYS Tugboat Urger and at Hamish Moores summer piping school in Richmond, Vermont to name but a few.

Christopher is a native Hoosier and the son of Soprano Dolores Layer and noted Indiana fiddler Ed Layer. Since 1996 he has been the principal pipe soloist and flautist for the Trinity Irish Dance Company. Mr. Layer lives in the West Village, in New York City. Email Chris at

Christopher Layer endorses Seth Gallagher Uilleann Pipes and Flutes at http://www.Uilleann.com , and Hamish Moore Scottish Small Pipes, Dunkeld, Scotland.

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