Chris Watson is a Wellington-based composer and videographer, and the Project Manager of Resound. Chris graduated from Victoria University of Wellington with a PhD in composition, where he studied with Ross Harris and Dugal McKinnon. His thesis investigated the effects of music notation software on compositional practices and outcomes.
Mandible was commissioned and premiered by Andrew Uren in 2005, with performances with 175 East and at the World Bass Clarinet Convention in Rotterdam. Its American premiere took place at the Juilliard School in New York as part of the 2006 Focus! Festival. In this version bass clarinettist Andrew Uren has been recorded by Radio New Zealand in the studio, with engineering by James Dunlop.