Meet the Team
Chris Theberge, Grammy-Nominated Musician/Entrepreneur
"... After spending years performing and recording, I envisioned a modern space with just the right vibe for making music and audio production. I have been fortunate to surround myself by an amazing team of superstars, and together, we are on a mission to make great music and be of service to other artists."
Musician-entrepreneur Chris Theberge is a Grammy-nominated recording artist with over 20 years of music industry experience, a background in marketing, and a love of Afro Cuban & Yoruba culture.
Raised internationally as the son of a U.S. Diplomat, Chris started performing in his teens, studying drumset under Pato Salazar in Santiago, Chile. Returning stateside, he moved to Washington D.C., performing in local jazz & funk bands, and worked in the inmate music program in D.C. area correctional facilities.
After college, Chris moved to NYC, where he helped run TouchTunes music marketing firm, establishing a joint-venture in Japan and working with major labels and Fortune 500 companies . In NYC, Chris met Puerto Rican Latin jazz Legend Jerry Gonzalez and began his studies of Afro-Latin drumming, gigging nights on conga drums and DJ ing his show on WNYE FM 91.5 called "An Hour of Drums". He also began his travels to Cuba & Southwestern Nigeria where he immersed himself in traditional drumming and culture.
In the early 90's Chris helped to found the jazz/funk group Groove Collective, releasing albums on Warner, Universal, Savoy and enjoyed an extensive international touring career. In 2007 Groove Collective was nominated a GRAMMY! and Chris turned his attention to production and started recording with Nigerian, Cuban and Puerto Rican master drummers, teaming up with his friend and mentor, percussion superstar Giovanni Hidalgo. Then, in 2010 in Manhattan, Chris founded Music Works NYC as a space to collaborate with other artists and provide recording and production services. Now the studio is thriving with talent, both known and developing, and Chris is setting his sights on production, distribution and helping others to navigate the music industry.
A Brooklyn native with Haitian roots, Nina Creese is a Music Works business partner, Artist-in-Residence, and Chief Engineer of our NYC studios. Nina gained her experience working in studios in Brooklyn before making the jump to our Manhattan facility. An outstanding artist in her own right, she brings experience from both sides of the microphone to her engineering work. Nina possesses vast musical and technical skills, dedication and experience, and a wonderful spirit, and has become a leader and an asset to our clients as well as the entire team. She also takes great joy in helping young artists find and develop their sound.
Producer/Artist-in-Residence, "Synematik" is a production powerhouse with deep roots and experience in the Music industry and NYC's production community. With placements for Interscope Records and Boys II Men, he is signed to a a global co-publishing deal with Stellar Songs/EMI. The Kenyan/Nigerian-born producer works with major & independent labels as well as award-winning producers/entities including Roc Nation, Stargate, Bad Boy, Seven Aurelius, Dennis Ferrer, and more. He runs his own production company, Synematik Music World LLC, and while he has extensive relationships with many studios in town, we are honored that he calls Music Works his home.