Born in Boston, MA Chris began playing guitar at the age of 12. Growing upin a Portuguese family, his love for diverse music was already apparent, falling in love with the music of artists such as Tom Jobim, Pat Metheny, John Coltrane, and Brazilian composer Ivan Lins. Upon graduating high school he went on to formally study the guitar at the University of Massachusetts.
At an early age he found himself working in the pit orchestras of the Boston scene, musical theater productions, and performing with orchestral groups such as the MET Wind Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Musically he was drawn to studying and performing jazz with local gurus Mick Goodrick, George Garzone, and Rick Peckham, in addition to continuing to work with Brazilian, Salsa, and other world music groups.
In 2000 he completed his Master's degree at the illustrious University of North Texas as a Teaching Fellow in the Jazz Department. While studying he also toured with the 25 year-old Dallas Jazz Orchestra and served as a staff columnist for Just Jazz Guitar Magazine.
In 2007 Chris completed his Doctoral Degree in Music within the Studio/Jazz Guitar Department at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He has authored numerous works currently in print, including his Doctoral thesis examining World Guitar Dialects published by MEL BAY. As an educator, he currently serves on the faculty at Cerritos College, Rio Hondo College, and Betehsda University in the Los Angeles area