A Filipino-American, born in Stuttgart Germany and raised in Hawaii, Chris Gabriel had spent his early years creating songs for family and friends. Chris spent his summers surfing and vividly remembers watching ocean waves crash and falling in love with the beach. Ever since his earliest days, he was fascinated by sound.
Chris left Hawaii in 1993 to attend Portland State University in Oregon. He studied music, philosophy, and language, as a student at the University. However, he could not escape the allure of the local music scene and quickly began playing in 2, 3, sometimes 4 bands. He began attending every jazz concert he could. Chris soon sold his truck to get enough money to buy a steel guitar. From classical and jazz to modern rock, Chris' love of music was uncontrollable. In 2001, he moved back to Stuttgart to deepen his roots, teaching and playing music throughout Europe at venues and festivals.
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced students
Studied privately with Jerry Hahn and Ray Montee.
An alumni of the PSU Jazz department.
Teaching in the Portland metropolitan area for 20+ years.
Has taught in Europe as well.