"Chris Rainier is a multi-instrumentalist, performer, composer/improviser and visual artist from Melbourne, Australia.
For over a decade he has focused on extending the sonic possibilities of the lap steel guitar - most recently the acoustic, hollow-neck weissenborn - beyond its historic use and context. Drawing on traditional techniques and repertoires, he has explored new musical territories within an improvisational framework, embracing a disparate range of musical influences: 20th century classical, tape looping, just intonation, drone, exotica, futurist noise, balinese gamelan gong kebyar, hindustani slide guitar traditions, pre-war hawaiian steel guitar and the sounds of the bbc radiophonic workshop.
He has performed solo and in collaborative concerts at various festivals, art galleries and non-traditional performance spaces, often improvising live soundtracks to film. solo tours in Europe and Japan have seen him share the stage with Masaki Batoh, Taku Sugimoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, Giovanni di Domenico, Diane Cluck and Yuri Landman."