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Sh*t Gold at Velocity this Sunday evening

Hi friends,
I’m going to be performing a juicy improv with my-selves this Sunday at SH*T GOLD “The Deep End” on March 19 6-10pm at Velocity Dance Center.
My 15 – 20 mins. happens around 8:20pm…
“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.” HST
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Human Jazz at “Moisture Festival” April 5th & 6th.

Once again I’ll grace the stage at Seattle’s Moisture Festival on the evenings of Wednesday April 5th and Thursday April 6th at 7:30pm at Hale’s Palladium.

For more info and tickets click this link.

Sound Jamtastic – Vocal Improv sing

I will be “leading” us in a long-sing involving Co-Created delicious transistions, brave conductors and secret leaders….!

3:30 – 5:30pm at Alexandra’s lovely home near Greenlake.

1627 N 55th St, Seattle, WA 98103-5905, United States

Beloveds, our Sound Jamtastic is at Alexandra’s space is now a regular deal.  We are gathering every third Saturday afternoon of the month.

This is an improv, ecstatic singing circle.  In this space, we allow our voices to sound the way they sound.  We build a container that can hold tremendous freedom and joy.  This container is made of deep listening. It is held together by our willingness to honor ourselves and others.

We will be playing sound games to build our capacities for listening generosity, responsiveness, leadership, merging into the whole, venturing into new territory.  We build community through sound.

This is a leaderful circle.  Christian will be holding the container and inviting all you guest stars to bring your amazing gifts.

Much gratitude to Alexandra Gordevitch for hosting us in her home.


• Bring a water bottle to stay hydrated and snacks to enjoy afterwards.

• Suggested donation $3-5 to keep this beautiful boat afloat!

• There are felines living at this residence we can them put out during the time we are all together if anyone has issues.

“re-Source” – a Human Jazz residency in Providence, RI May 10 – 14, 2017

Providence schedule


Wed. May 10th 3 – 5pm Workshop for AS220 Youth AS220 115 Empire Street Providence


Wed. May 10th ~ 9pm “Live Music Wednesdays” perform a teaser for the project at The Grange 116 Broadway, Providence


Thurs May 11th ~ 7 – 9pm Community Playshop at The Movement Exchange – 545 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket


Sat May 13th ~ noon – 2pm “Saturday Switch” Workshop at AS220 115 Empire Street Providence


Sat. May 13th ~ 8pm show – “re–Source” – Christian Swenson & Friends Perform at AS220 “Black Box” 115 Empire Street Providence


Sunday May 14th 3:30 – 5pm Community Vocal Jam at Movement Exchange 545 Pawtucket Avenue, Pawtucket


Sunday May 14th  8pm show – “re–Source” – Christian Swenson & Friends Perform at AS220 “Black Box” 115 Empire Street Providence


 Show description:

“re-Source” – Christian Swenson & Friends play Human Jazz

A benefit for AS220 Youth Programs

This is not a dance performance, a sacred ritual or a play, nor a musical concert or a comedy show, yet it is in part all of these. It is also homage to the human medium and the spirit that connects us.

Join Christian & his friends as they co-create an evening of spontaneous performance.

William “Bill” Evans,

Shura Baryshnikov,

Laurie Amat,

ali kenner brodsky,

Michelle Struckholz,

Elizabeth Keisler

and Corinne Wahlberg


“Human Jazz” is about playing the body, voice and imagination simultaneously; no set pieces, special costumes, recorded music, just humans playing. As a soloist Christian “disappears” into songs, animals, characters, body music, aliens, etc. The ensemble will play all together and in smaller groupings. The show will conclude with a participatory Balinese Kecak/Monkey Chant.

1-day residency at University Child Development School in Seattle Jan. 20th

I’ll be spending the day as “Morphoman” performing and teaching with young people!C-grin-laugh copy

LitFUSE: Poets Workshop in Tieton, WA 9/23-25/16

I will be teaching and performing and enjoying the good company of amazing poets from all over at the 10th Anniversary LiTFUSE Poet’s Workshop. Click here for schedule, registration, etc.


“Medicine Truck” House Concert in Olympia

Sunday September 11th our vocal improv trio, “Medicine Truck” will be giving a house concert at .  Here’s the details:

Vocal Improvisation at its finest!

Sunday September 11, from 3 to 5

Liz and David Kohlenberg’s Medicine Creek House

505 Salmon Lane SE, Olympia WA 98513

Call for directions or with questions (360) 438-6665

Tea, coffee and cookies at intermission

Cost: $15 before September 5; $18 after; $20 at the door


Come and experience Medicine Truck — the Pacific Northwest’s premier a cappella vocal improvisation trio, and a collision of creative genius! Debby Boland Watt, Christian Swenson and Travis Johnson take their singing seriously, knowing that sound is for the sculpting. These three incredible vocalists will expand what you know about a cappella music, passing you on the turns, running over what ails you and then flooring it when you think they just gotta be outta gas! Medicine Truck invites you to wonder, laugh, and join them.


LISTEN: Medicine Truck


Medicine Truck is sometimes poignant, at times deeply moving and often hilarious, as each song is a true original and completely unrehearsed. Truckin’ with Christian and Travis has been a marvelous trip.”


“Singing with Debby and Travis is like having your cake and eating it too! I love their fearlessness, and I’ve never had such good company as down in the deep end with Travis and then off in the weird worlds Debby inhabits!”


“Singing with Medicine Truck is such a joy! It’s not every day that you get to sing with such high caliber vocalists that are so down to earth and happen to be wonderful human beings.


The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM)

Chrisfacew:hands*-1.I’ve been invited to present my solo “Human Jazz” work at

The International Society for Improvised Music (ISIM)

9th Festival and Conference

Waterloo, Guelph, and Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

May 12-16, 2016

I’m excited to connect with a wide variety of improvising musicians at this annual event!


Tossing it out there for free!!  You can find some of my newly recorded vocal music at  This is simple a cappella singing in resonant stairwells and other locales.  Captured on the oh-so-easy iphone voice memo app.