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Charles Xavier
Producer, composer, electronic musician and percussionist
Charles Xavier, aka “The Xman,” is a visionary producer, composer, electronic musician and percussionist based in the Bay Area.

Charles Xavier has built multiple businesses and endeavors in the music and recording industries for the past 30 years, including his own independent record label Happy Note Records.He is a voting member and a member of the San Francisco chapter for The Recording Academy, which sponsor The Grammys, a peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry.

Hisis sixth, full-length album - The Happy Note Records Sampler 2016 - captures a selection of the hottest songs from his life-long musical journey as composer, producer and from his live performances. Already in motion are plans and activities for his seventh release, BOSCO, in 2017, which will further accelerate his intense interest in electronica.

The song, “The Dreamer,” (Grammy First Round Nominations in two categoriies: Best Dance Recording and Best Instrumental Composition) has already been released as a digital single and as the forerunner for the upcoming CD, BOSCO. "The Dreamer" was created using a Yamaha MX49 keyboard with an electronic mallet controller, along with a battery of percussive toys. The BOSCO release and planned tour will showcase thrilling arrangements of ambient vibraphone infused with electronic music and digital FX, plus an arsenal of custom X-sounds controlled by midi or Bluetooth for expressive, real-time control.

Frequently described as cross over, Xavier's compositions are rooted in the artistic demands of Jazz. A jazz drummer from the age of sixteen, Xavier was born and raised in New Bedford, Massachusetts, where the East Coast jazz scene shaped and defined his musical tastes. He went on to study arrangement and composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston. From there, he studied drumming at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, New York, with Jack DeJohnette, Bobby Moses, Stu Martin, and Jumma Santos, and also, creative ensemble performance under the guidance of Karl Berger, Dave Holland, Kalaparusha, and John Abercrombie.

Xavier has released a variety of music in the years since his studies and live performances on the East Coast. He moved to Los Angeles where he played live extensively in Hollywood, and then later, moved to San Francisco where he released The Xman Cometh – Expect the Unexpected. That full-length album introduced The Xman, an emcee of sorts, who boldly questions the status quo. You’ll hear the unexpected: thick, funky bass beats and the sweet vibraphone coupled with screaming horns and driving drum lines, with stories of sex, eroticism, politics, and street hustle. His fifth release, Perfect Mold (Best Jazz Instrumental- 1st round Nominations-Grammy 2014), features genre-fusing original compositions along with his unique spin on rock and pop classics, including “Hey Jude,” “Blowing in the Wind,” “The Beat Goes On,” “Fire and Rain,” “Eleanor Rigby”, and “Leaving on a Jet Plane.”

Always exploring new styles of music, Charles released Xmas Vibe in 2010, an album of eclectic and creative interpretations of traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. Called “a project deserving of a wider audience,” by, Xmas Vibe features covers such as John Lennon’s “Happy Xmas (The War is Over)” and the classic “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman.” Enchanting, mystical, and creatively abstract, the album takes the listener on a harmonious and melodic musical journey through a magical winter landscape with style and unusual flair. The album was released in stereo and 5.1 surround sound, possibly the only Holiday music offering available in the latter format.

Since Happy Note Records was established in 2006, the Xman has been performing live with regional tours in the United States. Aside from promoting the music and career of Charles Xavier, the label was created with a vision to become a boutique marketing and tour support for creative artists.The label will also continue to release the extensive unpublished material written by Charles Xavier.