Chas Eller has been in the recording industry for over 35 years. During that time he has recorded or produced over 500 LP’s and CD’s for numerous independent and major record labels, as well as creating music scores for clients such as Disney, and Columbia Pictures. He has received three INDIE Awards for his recording production work on album projects, as well as two GRAMMY nominated projects.
As a studio engineer, Chas has worked with artists such as Dr. John, Taj Mahal, Shawn Colvin, Bonnie Raitt, They Might Be Giants, Joe Lovano, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Odetta, Doc Watson, Dave Van Ronk, Phish, Grace Potter, The Concord String Quartet, The Emerson String Quartet, and many, many more. In 1988 he recorded all stages, and co-produced a two hour radio special of the Newport Folk Festival, for National Public Radio.
His live concert engineering work with artists such as Keith Jarrett, Larry Carlton, Pat Metheny, Muddy Waters, Oregon, Prairie Home Companion, and more, has taken him to some of the top music venues in the world, such as Carnegie Hall, The Metropolitan Opera House, Lincoln Center, Tanglewood, The Newport Folk Festival, The Academy of Music, Philadelphia, and Boston’s Symphony Hall, to name a few.
In addition to his engineering expertise, Chas also plays keyboards with the internationally known pop-jazz group Kilimanjaro. Chas recorded and produced the first two Kilimanjaro records, which each made it into the “Top Five” of the National Jazz Radio Airplay Charts in the early 80’s, which led to three U.S. tours, as well as prestigious dates throughout Europe.
With Kilimanjaro, Chas has performed and toured extensively throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia, and The Soviet Union. He has performed at some of the top festivals in the world, which include the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Switzerland, The Newport Jazz Festival (twice), The Roskilde Festival, in Copenhagen, The Montreal Jazz Festival, The Atlanta Jazz Festival, The San Antonio Jazz Festival, and in 2010, at the prestigious Java Jazz Festival, in Jakarta, Indonesia.
Chas has also toured extensively as keyboardist for legendary blues great, Paul Butterfield, along with the other members of Kilimanjaro. In addition Chas has toured with singer-songwriter Elisabeth von Trapp, who he co-produced five CDs with. Elisabeth is the granddaughter of Maria von Trapp, and along with cellist Erich Kory, they have performed at numerous prestigious venues including The National Cathedral, in Washington D.C. (twice), St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC, The Greenbrier, and The Chautauqua Institute, in Chautauqua, NY.
Today, Chas still spends half the year doing sessions, and teaching college courses in Audio Engineering, out of the original state of the art recording studio in Charlotte, Vermont that for 20 years, has been synonymous with high quality audio recording, mastering, and music production services. In 2005, the studio in Vermont joined forces with Putumayo Records, the largest World Music label in the world, who opened a satellite office in a large converted barn next to the studio. In the past two years the studio has done the post-production for over forty-five Putumayo CDs, as well as recording some of the top artists from Mali, Zimbabwe, Cape Verde, Trinidad, and Brazil.
In 2005, Chas purchased property in a coastal village in Mexico where he has opened a project recording studio for tracking and post production, complete with guest casitas to house visiting artists.
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