Oakland California native Christopher Ferreira’s first foray into the arts came in the form of musical theatre in high school. His early experiences of working, singing, and acting with the many talented people he found himself surrounded by in the drama department forged his love for the arts and paved the way for his future in musical composition.
In his early twenties, finding himself more and more drawn to music, Ferreira jumped at the chance when a friend’s parents offered him their piano. From that moment on, the piano became a major source of inspiration for him. This led to the pursuit of an education in music and the private study of the piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. He began composing and recording music not only for the piano, but guitar and other instruments as well. When a friend heard some of his recordings and asked him to write music for a short film he had directed, it was to be the first of many such projects.
Ferreira began composing music for student films, theatre, web projects, dance, industrial commercials and smaller independent features. In 2004 Ferreira scored his first major independent feature film Illusion starring Kirk Douglas and directed by Michael Goorjian. Following Illusion, Ferreira resumed his education with a formal study of harmony and counterpoint. This led to the writing of “Two Worlds Apart”, an orchestral piece written for and performed by the Berkeley Youth Orchestra. He also worked with American Zoetrope, providing music for Coda: Thirty Years After, a documentary on Francis Coppola and the making of his film Youth Without Youth. His latest film project was an original musical score for the movie The Shift, starring metaphysical author Wayne Dyer. The soundtrack for the film was released in 2009 and has enjoyed success selling worldwide.
Other Film Work
Ferreira’s experience in film is not limited to music composition. He has worked in film as an actor, set designer, boom operator, as well as a variety of roles in post production sound. He was the production designer as well as an actor in the film Groove , which was sold at the Sundance Film Festival in 2000 and distributed worldwide by Sony Pictures Classics. He worked on the first American Dogma95 film Amerikana, starring James Duval and Michael Goorjian. He also starred in the role of “Jesus” in the short film Ripple which was shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 2000.
The Piano Pieces
Recently, Ferreira completed his very first solo piano album, The Piano Pieces. It is a collection of solo piano works that span many years of his writing for the piano. It was recorded at Skywalker Sound by Grammy award winning engineer Leslie Ann Jones. The completion of this record fulfills a long held dream of Christopher’s. He is currently planning a series of recitals to celebrate and promote the release of the album.