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Life & Work with Christen Lien

Today we’d like to introduce you to Christen Lien.

Hi Christen, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
I’m a composer and performing artist who has been fascinated by three things since childhood: music, story and lights.

I love music because it can hold every single emotion that humanity feels, and it never judges us. The way music can help us navigate our inner world, the way it brings people together, how one single note can say so much… it all is so fun, interesting, and wickedly powerful.

I see storytelling as a tool and technology that is very effective in sharing wisdom. We live in a world where the knowledge is outpacing the wisdom and egos are more defensive than ever. Stories help us process existence in a safe, creative way.

And the way lights affect our subconscious mind! Also quite powerful and often underestimated.

I could devote my life to a lot of things, and I’ve chosen this trio because it’s how I believe I can make the most positive contribution to humanity.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
I’m a woman in the music and entertainment industry, of course it hasn’t been a smooth road!

Half-joking. I’ve actually had a very abundant journey, all things considered. So I don’t have much to complain about. People on the world stage believe in me, I have what I need to do take the next steps in my career, and I have no shortage of gratitude.

That said, some years ago Björk said something in an interview that I am glad I heard when I was starting out because it managed my expectations of people and the nature of the industry. It fueled my persistence and helped me not take things personally.

She reminded women who were coming up in the music industry that we will always have to repeat ourselves to get what we want. Expect it. Björk’s invitation was to always work to be heard and work harder to manifest YOUR creative vision.

I heard her. So in those moments where I have been underestimated in any way, I don’t withdrawal or feel affected. I simply keep going and continue moving forward with that twinkle in my eye.

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I compose instrumental and lyrical music with the aim of helping humanity process and understand the more challenging, complex aspects of life. I try to show the power of reconciliation and how incredible beauty can be born from great darkness.

That music is usually inspired by stories. Each song has a story behind it, and all of my albums are concept albums with journeys. Besides releasing music and music videos and giving live concerts, my work has been turned into ballet productions and museum exhibitions as well.

I am proud of the quality of work that I have created thus far, and I’m proud of the quality of individuals and communities who have supported my art, whether that be someone as well-known as His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as innovative as the Burning Man community, or a fan around the world who listens to my music when they heal, create, train or pass the time.

The bond I have with my fan base is very deep because my art is made for people who are not afraid to feel and think deeply in this life.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Truth, Creativity and Integrity matter most. When my relationships, goals, laughter and experience stems from these values, I have peace, purpose and I’m keeping life weird.

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Nina Ljeti Sharon Avraham Keith Sutter Heather Gildroy

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