Musician Chris Brokaw
Musician Chris Brokaw.

Diverse talent

By Julian Wise - October 26, 2006

Who is Chris Brokaw? If you've been keeping tabs on the local music scene you've seen his name billed at various performances on the Island, both as a solo artist and in collaboration with the band Kahoots. Those tuned in to top-40 music will scratch their heads at the mention of his name, while those who keep tabs on the national alternative rock press will recognize him as a major artist known for his solo and band work in various outfits, such as Codeine and The New Year.

A survey of Mr. Brokaw's recent accomplishments reveals a diverse range of projects. He recently won the Best Original Film Score from the Brooklyn International Film Festival for his work on the motion picture "Road." On Nov. 9 he will perform in New York City with Bob Mould (Husker Du, Sugar) at a benefit concert featuring the music of Bob Dylan. Other artists on the bill include Patti Smith, Roseanne Cash, and Ryan Adams. Mr. Brokaw recently collaborated with Two Dollar Guitar (featuring Tim Foljahn and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth) to record the disc, "The Wear and Tear of Fear." The band will tour the U.S. and Europe this fall and winter. In the next year Mr. Brokaw will record an album of pre-World War II blues songs with Geoff Farina (formerly of Karate).

Chris Liberato of A Whale of a Production Company has become Mr. Brokaw's booking agent and his A Whale of a Label is teaming up with the New York record label I and Ear Records to release a new 7-inch EP by Mr. Brokaw titled "Forestry." The EP will feature three instrumental outtakes to the "Road" score and a dub mix of the Kahoots song "No More." With the working relationship between Mr. Brokaw and Mr. Liberato's production company, it's likely the Island will continue to see more of this multi-talented artist's performances.

Julian Wise is a frequent contributor to The Times, specializing in music, film, and the performing arts.