Born in North Carolina, Chris Bowman landed in New York in 1981, where he became involved in studio sessions and the downtown music scene. He co-founded Shock Exchange with Dave Bryant and John Turner. Their first album was graced by liner notes by Ornette Coleman.
During this time, Chris worked and recorded with Jon Hassell’s Fourth World Music, Paul Bley, Annette Peacock, Percy Jones, Jane Ira Bloom, Ratzo Harris, Larry Rivers, Frank Kimbrough, Dave Binney, Wadada Leo Smith. Extended Shock family gigs included Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Bern Nix, George Garzone, Badal Roy, Kenny Wessel and Bob Gullotti. In the mid 90's a member of the groups Crimes of Passion, Urban Survival, PUC and Mr. Rusty. In December of 2006, Dave Binney and CHBO released a three song ep of duets from a long running recording project ...on Mythology Records. Chris has session credits with AT&T, Burger King, Ford, Kit Kat, Sesame Street, Legg’s, and Showtime. He was guest percussionist on The System’s “Don’t Disturb This Groove” on Atlantic Records; Dave Bryant’s “Eternal Hang” on Accurate Records which received 4 stars in DownBeat; which was listed in the Boston Top 10 Jazz Albums of that year.
In 1987, Chris founded CHBO Inc., the NYC-based acoustical design and construction firm with over 200 audio and video rooms to its credit.
November 2005 brought the opening of Jack and Luna's cafe' in Stone Ridge, NY which flourished into 2013 offering acoustic jazz with a who's who of wonderful artists....
2013 was the opening of CHBO Drums in New Paltz, NY.
September 2014, brought the harmolodic percussion gig with the Clara Maxwell Gibson Dance Co. in Paris, France at the Pierre Cardin Museum. The trio,Totem, put out their Live cd, lining up Dzuiba, Donica and CHBO. After 4 years with Big Joe Fitz and the LoFi's the cd “Should of Known Better” 2016 was awarded 4 Stars in Down Beat Magazine in the Blues catagory; 2016 also brought third ghost's first cd.with Bob Shaut and Charlie Kniceley. 2017 THE AVANTI SESSIONS,VIDEO/AUDIO, was released on YOUTUBE ….