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J Michael Christophre - Composer ~ Guitarist ~ Teacher



”Music is intangible,

yet can express our Soul’s deepest meaning and value,

and somehow, that is something tangible!” Cjm



French composer Claude Debussy is my favourite classical composer and one of my most profound influences with his depth of rich harmonies and expressive melodies.  Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos is a powerful influence in my guitar playing with his inventive harmonies and Latin rhythms. Peter Gabriel is one of my favourite contemporary composer-musicians with his dynamic infusion of world rhythms and inventive rock. Icon David Bowie is my most influential artist for me as a vocalist and songwriter.


Instruments & Tools

Ii play Classical, Acoustic and Electric guitars, with my own style being an infusion of classical, flamenco, jazz & rock. Primarily self-taught at keyboards & synthesizers, Ii love to play piano as well, especially to improvise.  Earth Rise is composed and mixed on Logic Pro 9 with all of its rich sampled orchestral and world instruments. The piano is a Bösendorfer from Logic Pro 9. 

My electric guitar is an Ibanez RG 550 and use my own custom designed amps that Logic offers. 

My classical/flamenco guitar is a Cordoba GK Studio Negra using Savarez Cristal Corum high-tension strings.

 Also using my Ramirez Cut 2 Cut-away Classical Guitar with integrated Fishman Prefix Pro-Blend pick-ups.

Currently composing in Logic Pro X with its amazing sounds in conjunction with my sound library Native Instruments Ultimate Komplete 11.  



Brief History

Ii began playing guitar at the age of 9, and quickly was steered into playing classical music by my teachers. In High School Ii played solo guitar performances in variety shows along with other musical venues. 

Bachelor of Music 1983  

University of Minnesota

Beginning my music major in "Classical Guitar Performance", Ii shifted my major to "Composition & Theory" in my junior year while continuing my guitar lessons with James McGuire to graduation.  Ii just had something else to say, and needed to say it through the music playing from within me.

Ii studied private composition with Paul Fetler which included Counterpoint, Harmony and Orchestration. His most inspiring message to me about composition was  "compose what is in your Heart, and then use all the knowledge you have to make it the best version possible. For in the end it is the expression that remains." Also studied Orchestration with Dominick Argento.

As a tenor in the University Symphonic Chorus Ii was able to sing some great choral works like Beethoven's 9th Symphony and Verdi's Requiem with the Minnesota Orchestra and Robert Shaw guest conducting.

Early '90s

Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

Ii formed a jazz-rock-fusion band with myself as frontman & singer/songwriter. As a 5-piece band consisting of lead-guitar, bass & Chapman stick, keyboards & synthesizers, drums & percussion, we, "Tain Reimei" played several venues throughout Minneapolis including the famed 7th street entry at First Avenue.


2013 to 2018

Phoenix, AZ

Performing and Teaching

  • Teaching is private and one-to-one.
  • Additional options are available for various ensembles and full Rock Bands.
  • You will not only learn guitar as an instrument, but you will learn Music Theory, reading musical notation and tablature. All styles from pop, rock, jazz, to my speciality in Classical and Flamenco.
  • Also song-writing and composing utilizing Logic Pro X. 

Ii have privately taught guitar and musical composition since my early days at the University of Minnesota to students from ages as early as 6 years up to 82!!! Ii taught guitar, song writing and composition as an instructor through Guitar Center Studios, Phoenix from 2014 through 2018.

Presently    2019

AZ to Hawai'i


composing new music...



Releases can listen to or purchase my releases from the 'Music' tab on this site

...also several of my releases can be heard on Spotify


2016   We Three Kings   (single)

Jazzy/Flamenco twist on the Christmas standard "We Three Kings"...

arranged for 3-Guitars, stand-up Bass, and a fusion of percussion from India, China, and traditional Rock.

2013   Earth Rise    (album)

my debut album... 

arranged for Solo Guitar of Classical & Jazz Infusion amid Rich Orchestrations, Piano & World Rhythms.

Uplifting    Relaxing    Contemplative    Sensual    Meditative