Chris Collins is a professional jazz woodwind player who has toured throughout Japan, South Africa, Europe and North America as the leader of his own ensembles and as a featured soloist. In 2007-08, Collins performed his original works in 7 countries on 4 continents. He has played professionally with artists including the Phil Collins Big Band, Doc Severinsen, Mel Torme, Michael Feinstein, Lou Rawls and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
As a professional composer, Dr. Hartway has received more than sixty commissions from major musical organizations and educational institutions; and, has composed nearly one hundred symphonic and chamber works. He has been asked to create pieces for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, the American Artist Series, the Meadow Brook Music Festival, the American Guild of Organists, the Michigan Opera Theater, the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit for the Papal visit of John Paul II to the United States, the Scarab Club, Printemps Musicale des Alizés of Morocco, the Detroit Chamber Winds and Strings, the Verdher Trio, the Woodland Trio, and various other chamber music groups and eminent soloists; and, he has served as composer-in-residence for the Chamber Music Conference and Composers Forum of the East in Bennington, Vermont and has been a featured composer for both the Gilmore Foundation and the MCACAs educational projects.
The Torino Project
The original concepts of the Detroit/Torino Urban Jazz Project (DTUJP) grew out of a musical camaraderie between jazz artists Chris Collins of Detroit and Emanuele Cisi of Torino, Italy. These two saxophonists found they shared urban lifestyles, stylistic influences, and a hope to develop a closer relationship between the arts and cultural communities of their respective cities.