In 1988, Christopher Roberts joined Universal Music as the president of the Classical and Jazz Music division. Since leaving Universal Music, composer and pianist Christopher Roberts is the CEO and president of Robisong Consulting and, with his friend Jeff Leonard, is a part of the band Val Gardena.
Val Gardena, named after a beautiful little-known location in the northern Italian alps, was signed to Mercury Records in 1993, and released their first album, River of Stone, in 1994. The band’s unique instrumental music was categorized as “new age,” but the emotional soundscapes work a bit like soundtracks to a film that doesn’t exist.
Val Gardena’s latest release is 2013’s conceptual album, Synesthesia, which has no song titles other than their numbered composition. The band felt that the spiritual connection between the music and the listener should have the space to mean whatever it needs to mean within that unique relationship. They did not want to contrive an emotion for the listener by using song titles that were not characteristic of that relationship.
Val Gardena represents an artistic partnership and friendship that has lasted over 20 years. The partners continue to make music together and apart.
Navigating an illustrious career through a tumultuous period in the music industry, Christopher Roberts provided visionary leadership for the world’s largest recording company.