January 8th, 2022 4:30pm Stage 3
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Christopher Trietsch is a Long Island-based ukulele instrumentalist and luthier who builds the ukuleles he plays. He began songwriting in 2012, inspired by the sights and sounds of his home. His debut album Beginning Today features 12 original tracks that Christopher recorded by layering the sounds of 3 of his own handmade ukuleles accompanied by Rosemary Trietsch on piano, Barry Waller on bass, and Jesse Torres on guitar.
In 2021, Beginning Today was nominated “Ukulele Album of the Year” by the Hawai’i Academy of Recording Arts (HARA) for the prestigious Na Hoku Hanohano award. Christopher’s album was featured in the Ukulele Magazine Winter 2020 edition, where the editor praised Beginning Today as an impressive debut, “filled with joy and affirmation, and considerable sophistication….certain to surprise and impress many uke aficionados.”
Christopher has been building his own ukuleles since 2010, and uses them exclusively in his professional recordings and performances. His experience as a musician and recording artist informs his building, so that he truly understands how to craft high-quality ukuleles that respond to the player’s touch. In each build, he captures superior tone and depth of sound, creating ukuleles that are both a joy to play and hold in your hands. Christopher takes pride in the quality of his work, and builds custom one-off instruments for private customers. His most recent ukuleles have been crafted from local Long Island tone woods including Sycamore, Cherry, and Maple, but it is not uncommon to find him working with traditional ukulele woods like Koa, or the industry standard spruce.