Christopher Keller is an artist and youth advocate from Minneapolis Minnesota. As an adolescent Keller struggled deeply with identity, societal expectations and spiritual belongingness, and as a result was often in-conflict and/or in-trouble. At 17 he had his first profound experience with a ‘communal freestyle’. Not only did it become a positive outlet, but a tool to help him see clearer into his inner world and the interconnectedness of the human experience. Now at 34, his philosophy and approach rests on these two pillars: improvisation and community.
Best known for his stream-of-consciousness approach to writing, free-styling and performing, Keller has cultivated a unique voice which draws from lineages of rap and folk and ranges from melodic choral arrangements to rapid-fire free-jazz deliveries often channeled in the form of story-telling. In addition to his solo releases, he was frontman alongside Micheal ‘Eyedea’ Larsen in Rhymesayers’ freestyle group, Face Candy. Keller is also co-founder of Minneapolis-based artist collective F I X, which released his latest release, Kairos: a two-part album with music by Graham O’Brien.
As well as leading a residency-based Music workshop at Youth Space, Safe Zone, he currently works at Venture Academy Charter School, as a SPED paraprofessional, yoga instructor and Artist-in-Residency and Experiential field-trip Coordinator. Keller is recipient of the 2017 Artist Initiative Grant through the Minnesota States Arts Board where he will collaborate with Native Drummer & Singer, Alvin ‘Good-Heart Golden-Eagle Baker’ in a series of ‘Sunrise’ performances at Minnesota State Parks.