A native of Northern California, Christine Bonner is also a
direct descendent of the Berryessa family, who were among the
first Spanish/Mexican land grant holders in California before
the Gold Rush. Her music embraces her roots drawing from her
family history for inspiration, tracing the ancestral journey
of the Berryessa family from their native Spain to the ranchos
of California. The result is "a unique and alluring mixture
of acoustic string instruments and percussion that persuades
the listener back into a time of palatial homes amid gentle rolling
hills and wind swept trees."
Bonner's love for music began at an early age. She not only comes
from a historic family, but from a very musical one as well.
She began her study of music on piano at the age of 8 and as
a teenager began exploring other instruments. She discovered
the folk harp in her twenties and fell in love with the instrument.
She soon began performing on the harp and composing music, while
raising her children.
Christine's debut recording, "Sand Castles", released
in 1998, attained a number 1 ranking on the "Americana" charts
at KVMR radio, Nevada City, CA. This recording was dedicated
to the spirit and struggles of the Berryessas and all of the
Christine has recently appeared on PBS television, "Central
Valley Chronicles", and "California Heartland",
and was one of the featured performers in Reno's amazing blockbuster "Spirit
of the Dance".
second release, "Compañeros", received rave
reviews. It is a celebration of friends and family, inspired
by Christine's vision of a fiesta with food, music and dance.
From the fire and passion of flamenco to the soothing gentleness
of a lullaby, this recording is a celebration of life.
Christine's latest recording, "Fire Dance", is a wonderful
blend of Celtic, Latin, and jazz flavors. Innovative renditions
of some traditional Celtic tunes combined with Christine's heartfelt
compositions makes this CD exciting, fun and compelling.
The hauntingly beautiful melodies of Bonner's original compositions,
the exceptional cast of world class musicians who perform with
her and the exquisite visual experience and warm atmosphere of
her performances are captivating audiences everywhere in her
sold out concerts.