Composer; Educator; Instrumentalist; Vocalist
Jazz; New Age; Pop
Sep 21, 2022
VOCALIST, PIANIST, COMPOSER, CHORAL DIRECTOR, SINGER-SONGWRITER & MUSIC EDUCATOR (VOICE, PIANO, CHOIR).
Christie Kanska was born in the capital of Armenia in Yerevan. She began playing piano when she was seven years old. She studied classical piano and then moved on to study at the Jazz & Contemporary Music College. She later earned her degree in Fine Arts. In 1995 she moved to Greece where she worked in the vocal faculty at the New Odeon of Thessaloniki and Filippos Nakas Odeion Conservatory. She was awarded a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where she completed her Bachelor's degree in Professional Music in 2004. Christie has performed as a vocal soloist with various classical, modern and jazz bands and orchestras. She was a member of the National Chorus of Erevan and was the conductor of the Children’s Chorus of the Greek Embassy of Armenia. She participated in a video and charity concerts to support earthquake victims with other well-known singers from Armenia.
As the lead singer of her own Jazz band, she took part in festivals in Thessaloniki (the cultural capital of Europe) during 1997. She was featured as the vocalist in several TV musical specials on ET3, a popular channel in northern Greece, together with Alexandro Triantafillou. At the Ancient Greek Theater in Thessaloniki, the “Odeion of Ancient Market,” she performed her own orchestral arrangements of Armenian and Greek folk songs with her band.
Around the World
In 2005 in Boston she produced her CD WHO NEEDS LOVE with original music and lyrics. She collaborated on that album with world known musicians Jamey Haddad, Leo Blanco, Spiros Exaras, Rick Dimuzio along with her husband Zdenek Kansky. Other musical adventures included performing with with Royal Caribbean International cruse lines throughout the Caribbean and Pacific Northwest.
Along with their “World Jazz Group” Christie and Zdenek in 2006 played in concerts, music festivals and movie festivals across the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Austria. They performed at the renowned jazz club “Reduta” in Prague. Christie has maintained a faithful following of vocal and piano students of all ages as a certified teacher of the Royal Conservatory Development Program in Canada. Several of her students, as part of her vocal group ANGEL VOICES, was featured on her 2015 original Christmas single “Merry Christmas to Ya.”
In 2014 she and her husband Zdenek Kansky founded ZCK Music Production. Along with her voice and piano teaching Christie can be found performing with ZCK Jazz Quartet and her Christie Kanska Jazz Quartet at local jazz venues. Christie captures her audience with her honesty and artistic mastery. She expresses her love for people, nature, and life through her unique gifting and her original music and poetic lyrics.
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