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Christen Lien: Bio

Christen Lien is a contemporary, classically infused multi-instrumentalist who creates an innovative brand of musical storytelling. The viola is at the heart of her music making; however, she also incorporates the use of guitar effect processors and looping pedals to create a multi-faceted landscape that bridges electronic, industrial and classical genres.

As a classically trained musician and child prodigy, she cut her teeth as a member of the Cleveland Orchestra Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Guild Symphony. Her music is emotive, hypnotic, trance-inducing, instrumental, and is characterized by looping and complex syncopation. Christen's music was made for visuals and is perfect for traditional and immersive media and is prime for many types of collaborations.

She has branched out to bend the genre of classical contemporary fusion and collaborates with artists and musicians from many genres and mediums. Christen is inspired by story and humanity and interprets the rhythm of life into notes on paper. She currently is in production for remix's with DJ's, Slam Poets, Dancers, and like minded contemporary classical artists.

Her multimedia performances communicate stories of mythology and imagination,politics and prose, hope and empowerment. She aspires to redefine the world's understanding of, and experience with, the viola.

Christen has performed for diplomats, fortune 100 executives, heads of state, royalty, celebrities, and has inspired many crowds around the globe.  She recently performed for the White House Summit on the United State of Women, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Forbes Under 30 Summit, Nexus Global, Summit W+, and MIT Hacking Arts. Christen serves as the artist-in-residence for the Unreasonable Group and Barclay's global partnership. Later this year, Christen will be launching her new concept album, ELPIS, which explores the dark side of hope.

Christen is an active citizen who stands up for her beliefs. While serving as the Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Christen won a First Amendment lawsuit against the State of Michigan to protect artists' freedom of speech. 

1 The Escape  
Sensational Strings: Empathy & Malice | Christen Lien | TEDxBoulder
Christen Lien live at the Girl Effect Accelerator

Musician and Performing Artist Christen Lien releases "The Escape" on March 30th. This haunting track becomes the first single from her highly anticipated album ELPIS. A moving and spirited journey through sound, hear the talented instrumentalist showcase her keen ear and much heralded arrangements. 

Christen Lien is a classical fusion artist and multi-instrumentalist who creates an innovative brand of musical storytelling. She has branched out to bend the classical genre by integrating innovative technology and collaborating with artists and musicians from many mediums. Christen has performed events hosted by the Obama White House, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Forbes, Google, Nexus Global, Summit Series, MIT, the United States Institute of Peace, and many other institutions. She inspires fans around the globe. 

Crossover Media Projects with: Christen Lien