Many Breaths
first breath - biography

Christina Carter

Christina Carter was born in the bayou city of Houston, Texas in November of 1968, and co-founded the group Charalambides there in December of 1991. Ever since then, she has deeply mined her own vein of art-as-music with voice, guitar (both electric and acoustic), piano, and keys. For the past several years, Christina has utilized extended improvisational guitar passages within and without song-medley structures; re-contextualized certain Charalambides songs within the spare single guitar/voice form that birthed much of the group's music; and recently, investigated 'the song' as a thing unto itself, specifically concentrating on 'the word'- both in her own lyric writing and her interpretations of the work of other lyricists.

In addition to performing extensively in the US, UK and Europe as a solo artist, Christina has played and recorded in various groups and duos with Black Forest/Black Sea, Maria Chavez, Loren Connors, Chris Corsano, Dredd Foole, Ryan Edwards, Sandy Ewen, Paul Flaherty, Shawn David McMillen, Thurston Moore, and Heather Leigh Murray (as Scorces).

Concurrent with her work in music, Christina has expanded her involvement in writing and visual art. Her poetry has been published by Digitalis Industries, The Ecstatic Peace Poetry Journal, Glass Eye, Shelter Press, and Slow Toe. In 2007, her art piece Forever 21 appeared at Salon Mijangos in San Antonio, Texas as part of a concert/exhibit featuring Tetuzi Akiyama, Tom Carter, and Warmer Milks. Forever 21 was a labor of love and destruction: six of her handwritten diaries cut up painstakingly with scissors into minuscule pieces, which then filled a large yellow plastic shopping bag.

Christina currently resides in Austin, Texas. Her latest albums are the Character Study 12" (Drawing Room), and the LP reissues L'Etoile de Mer (Emerald Coccoon), and Masque Femine (Root Strata). Future releases include a cassette in My Dance The Skull's Voice Studies series.