Virtual  Reali
Home to the music &  ramblings of Chris Reali

Chris recently completed his dissertation, "Making Music in Muscle Shoals," at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. His dissertation examines the music industry and session musicians from this north Alabama region.

Chris grew up in Sea Cliff, NY, located on the North Shore of Long Island. He began playing guitar at the age of 11 and performing shortly there after with friends from junior high school.

After graduating college, Chris and his brother J.P. performed as an acoustic guitar duo at Holland Village, near Nagasaki, Japan. When the gig finished, Chris returned to New York City where he continued to perform with his brother as well as resuming the drum throne in the punk rock band the Freaklies, who later became Rotor.

In the mid-1990's, Chris moved to Portland, Oregon. He played lead guitar for The Willies, lap steel for the Hometown Prophets, performed solo as Walker Evyns, and developed the solo electric guitar act Monodrone.

He returned to New York in the late 1990's to work as a guitar technician
for Chris Whitley and then David Gray. While back in New York, he, along with some friends, began to perform as the Jen Band. In 2005 Chris joined Patio Daddy-o as the keyboard player.

Chris has toured the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan as a technician and as a performer.

Most recently he worked as a middle school band director in Westchester County, NY. 


  • Ph.D. - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
  • MA  - Hunter College, CUNY, 2008
  • MS - Queens College, CUNY, 2005
  • BA - New York University, 1991

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