Chris Wallace was born in Canada. He toured and recorded extensively in the rock and pop field in Canada, the US and Europe through the 90s. Since arriving in Scotland, he has worked with many of the country’s top jazz musicians including Malcolm MacFarlane, Phil Bancroft, Euan Burton, Paul Harrison, Steve Hamilton, and many others. He has also performed with international artists such as guitarist Ulf Wakenius and trumpeter Anders Bergkranz.
His diversity on the drums has led him to perform with an array of artists ranging from American progressive group Timothy Pure to celtic rockers Wolfstone to internationally acclaimed cabaret performers Ali MacGregor (Australia, Fringe 2010) and Holly Penfield (USA, Fringe 2005/2006)
Wallace leads his own quartet Loose Grip whose debut album (funded by Creative Scotland) was released on Fabrikant Records in 2010. He is also a member of Scottish progressive organ trio Breach, who have just released their debut album “On the Walk” and have begun performing around the country.
In the spring of 2011 Wallace created an original drumset/percussion score for the Tom McGrath play The Hard Man. This first revival of the legendary Scottish drama toured the country and received rave reviews nation-wide. Wallace is also an accomplished drum educator and is currently the senior drum tutor at the newly expanded Music Box facility at Stevenson College Edinburgh.
Wallace was one of five Scottish jazz musicians chosen to participate in “Jazz CPD Scotland 2010: AIR TIME”. A career development scheme produced by Serious Music in London and funded by the Creative Scotland.