Christel Veraart is a composer, musician and singer. She has recorded a number of albums, and has received multiple awards. her music has featured in film, dance and stage productions, and was recently broadcast on acclaimed US radio programs Hearts of Space and Night Tides.
Christel’s music is described as ambient, meditative, avant-garde classical. Her compositions range from solo and small ensemble to large orchestra, drawing on a wide variety of musical and cultural influences. Increasingly she is drawn to space music, a sub-genre of ambient music which focuses on texture rather than formal compositional schemes.
From an early age, Christel was deeply involved in music and trained in classical piano and voice. But it was only when she left Europe to explore South America that she was able to find her own voice. She continues to travel extensively; these experiences form the core of her inspiration. Her latest album Lotus Dreams was completed during a 12-month sojourn in Indonesia, it explores both eastern and western musical elements.
From 2012-2018 Christel was based in Anchorage where she composed a series of orchestral pieces inspired by the Alaskan landscape, ultimately recorded in her album Polar Suite. This work was supported by grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. In 2017 she was awarded the Connie Boochever Fellowship in Musical Composition by the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation.
Now based in Arizona, Christel divides her time between southern US and Mexico. Leading on from her latest album Lotus Dreams, she is exploring the concept of Samsara in music – cyclic change, often driven by rhythm more than melody.
In addition to composing and performing, Christel Veraart is a voice coach and music teacher. She holds lessons and workshops, and in 2011 she launched Creative Clinics, where participants combine music and images into a multimedia project.
She drew us into the Arctic with her award-winning Polar Suite. With her new album Lotus Dreams, we cannot help but fall in love with yet another corner of her world and ours.
Susan Ruddy, Alaskan writer and activist
Work is incredibly evocative & well-suited for film and dance.