Chris Edmunds is a freelance musician and composer living and working in his native New Orleans. He is the founder of the Louisiana Composers Forum, an organization dedicated to performing new classical music composed by local composers. Edmunds has composed for both the screen and the theatre stage, as well as having composed numerous chamber and orchestral works for the concert stage. After receiving his Bachelors in Music from Columbia College Chicago, Chris went on to study film scoring in Los Angeles under the direction of Mark Watters and Ray Colcord on the CBS lot in Studio City. During a year-long stint in South America, Edmunds composed the score for the Chilean documentary, “Vine a Trabajar y Punto.” He also recently composed the underscore for the local play, “Turning of the Bones.” As a professional jazz musician in New Orleans, Edmunds plays tenor banjo and/or guitar with bands all over town, such as the Cottonmouth Kings, Joe Simon’s Jazz, Orleans Six, Tom Cats, as well as his own band, the New Orleans Moonshiners, which performs many of his original songs. The Moonshiners have performed at Lincoln Center in New York, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, French Quarter Festival, among many others. Their second album “I’m Comin’ Home” was nominated for Best Traditional Album of 2010 by Offbeat Magazine, and they have been featured in Forbes Magazine and Southern Living. Edmunds’ compositional style, which continues to evolve, blends elements of musical styles from all over the world with elements of the music from his native New Orleans, all combined within classical forms.