the chrysalis foundation

Oddmusic is proud to present a brief introduction to The Chrysalis Foundation. The tour features a mini-gallery of acoustic musical instruments created and built by Cris Forster, and provides a glimpse into the fascinating world of Musical Mathematics, a work that bridges the worlds of Art and Science.

Established in 1982, The Chrysalis Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit arts and education organization that encourages the creation of new acoustic musical instruments, and supports compositions and performances for these instruments.

The Foundation is accomplishing these goals through the work of master builder, composer, and writer Cris Forster, whose original acoustic instruments are designed to explore new tunings in just intonation.

The Foundation is devoted to the idea that the future of music depends on the integration of timbres and tunings as raw ingredients in an expanding, flexible, and highly nuanced tonal palette. By recognizing the art of tuning as a variable rather than a constant, music can once again become a vital force capable of expressing and addressing the complexities of our modern minds and spirits.

The Foundation's new studio (a 2500 square-foot building in San Francisco's SOMA district) is quiet, secure, well-lit, and wide open; a perfect home for the instruments. It is a place where Cris can compose, musicians can rehearse, and you can gather with them to experience innovative and enlightening music.

Enjoy the tour, and for much more in-depth information regarding The Chrysalis Foundation, its events schedule, as well as detailed information on the study and application of Musical Mathematics, we urge you to visit the official website of The Chrysalis Foundation after your visit here at Oddmusic.
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