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Christen Lien


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    Love of Fate
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    Bitter Majesty
Christen Lien is an avant-garde performing artist with classical roots who creates an innovative brand of musical storytelling.
The viola is at the heart of her music making, however, she also incorporates the use of guitar effect processors and looping pedals to create a multi-faceted landscape that bridges electronic, industrial and classical genres.
Her multimedia performances communicate stories of mythology and imagination,
politics and prose, hope and empowerment. She aspires to redefine the
world’s understanding of, and experience with, the viola. Her new concept album, ELPIS, continues a long-lost story of Greek mythology and explores the dark side of hope.
Christen has performed for diplomats, fortune 100 executives, heads of state, royalty, celebrities, and has inspired many crowds around the globe. She has performed for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Google, the Obama White House, Forbes Under 30 Summit, Berklee College of Music, Nexus Global, MIT and the United States Institute of Peace. Venues such as the House of Blues and the REDCAT Theatre and museums such as the de Young, Legion of Honor and the Detroit Institute of Arts have showcased her live performances.
Christen is an active citizen who stands up for her beliefs. While serving as the
Executive Director of the Ann Arbor Film Festival, Christen won a First Amendment lawsuit against the State of Michigan to protect artists' freedom of speech.


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