Music Instructor, High School
Chris Cunningham has been teaching musicians and sound artists in colleges and schools for more than 20 years. He has chaired composition and music production faculties at several Twin Cities institutions, and has been a regular music instructor at Perpich over the years. He loves teaching because he loves learning. His son graduated from Perpich in music in 2017. He learns a lot from his son, and hopes that he will continue to throw the old man a gig every now and then.
As a touring performer, studio musician, and producer, Chris has collaborated on stages and in studios with Marianne Faithfull, The Lounge Lizards, Jeff Buckley, Haiti’s Boukman Eksperyans, Turkey’s Omar Farouk, Syria’s Essam Rafea, Ireland’s Katell Keineg, Susan McKeown, and Gavin Friday, The Golden Palominos, John Zorn, Marshall Crenshaw, Joan Osborne, John Medeski, Richie Havens, and many others. He has released critically acclaimed solo albums as a songwriter, and his Twin Cities groups have included Mississippi Peace, Fall of the House of Usher, Coloring Time, Cherry Spoon Collective, Improvestra, and Superbus66.