Chris Tarry is a five-time Juno award winner (the Canadian Grammy) and one of New York's most sought-after bass players. He has performed with some of the top acts in the world and is a mainstay on the New York jazz scene.


Chris is a Peabody award-winning writer, podcast producer, and the author of the story collection, "How To Carry Bigfoot Home" (Red Hen Press, March 2015). He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. His fiction, non-fiction, and various screenplays have been published widely. Mars Patel, the audio adventure podcast he co-created, was named as one of the top shows of 2016.


Chris is also a busy producer. He has developed and produced hundreds of different types of projects. From albums to animated films, radio plays, and podcasts. He is an expert in sound design and Pro Tools, and has a super-cool home studio where he edits things together and sets music to everything under the sun.

Chris Tarry is an five-time Juno award-winning musician and a Peabody award-winning writer and podcast producer. His book of short stories, How To Carry Bigfoot Home (Red Hen Press, March 2015), won the IndieFab book of the year for short fiction, and has been widely praised as one of the best short story collections of 2015. He is one of New York’s most in-demand bass players, has produced countless award-winning albums, written short films, developed successful podcasts, and excels in sound design and digital editing. He is the co-creator and sound architect behind the ground-breaking kids podcast, Mars Patel, and is currently at work on a novel, various screenplays, and composing music for everything under the sun.


  • Clock

    Internal Time

    I know I’m always going on about time feel here at the site, but what can I say? I think it’s pretty damn important. Check out Richard Bona, he’s a really cool bass player here in New York that does some pretty unique stuff (sings …

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  • Imagine Yourself

    So, I was cruising around YouTube and found this great video of Pino Palladino on a studio session. Check out how he holds the bass, how his fingers move, where he’s feeling the time (tapping of his foot), and what he asks for from the …

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  • How I Became a Writer

    I have been thinking about this new journey of mine, the writing, the book, the what-the-hell-am-I-doing-I’m-a-bass-player-for-fucksake, and I came across this personal essay I wrote a few years back when I was thinking of applying to MFA programs. In the end, I only applied to one …

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  • The Shape of a Musical Life

    This week, a friend of mine is nominating me for an artistic achievement award sponsored by one of our much-loved government arts institutions. I was very happy to hear that she wanted to nominate me, and we’ve spent the last few weeks pulling all the required information …

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  • New Site & Book!

    First things first, welcome to my new writing site. I decided to separate the music from the writing in order to make the navigation and information easier for all involved (most of all me).
    Secondly, I’m psyched to officially report that my short story collection, How To Carry …

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