Christel’s music is described as ambient, meditative, avant-garde classical. Her compositions range from solo and small ensemble to large orchestra, drawing on a wide variety of musical and cultural influences. Increasingly she is drawn to space music, a sub-genre of ambient music which focuses on texture rather than formal compositional schemes.
From an early age, Christel was deeply involved in music and trained in classical piano and voice. But it was only when she left Europe to explore South America that she was able to find her own voice. She continues to travel extensively; these experiences form the core of her inspiration. Her latest album Lotus Dreams was completed during a 12-month sojourn in Indonesia, it explores both eastern and western musical elements.
“She drew us into the Arctic with her award-winning Polar Suite. She made us yearn for the vast pampas and glorious beaches of South America in Terra Incognita. With her new album Lotus Dreams, we cannot help but fall in love with yet another corner of her world and ours.” - Susan Ruddy, Alaskan writer and activist.
“Work is incredibly evocative & well-suited for film and dance.” - Rasmuson Foundation, Anchorage, Alaska.