Born in Nashville, TN, Christopher Ryan Cundari, known as Arithmetik, began playing music at the age of seven. First, he learned the piano. Today, he experiments with an extensive list of instruments: the upright bass, the guitar, the mandolin, the violin, the banjo, and the Japanese koto of the zither string family. In his teenage years, Arithmetik was found musing with fellow artists and poets at coffee shops and bonfires. As he aged, he frequently played original and improvisational sets from Athens to Little Five Points. For four continuous hours, he would integrate various instruments and genres with a loop pedal. This open-minded and layered familiarity undoubtedly makes Arithmetik a virtuosic and eloquent composer.
Arithmetik applied for the Berklee College of Music only to have broken his arm prior to the audition. Regardless, he creatively modified his 15-minute classical guitar submission. He used his unimpaired hand to fret and his casted arm to strum. Berklee accepted him to study a dual degree in Music Production and Jazz Composition. After graduating in 2012, Arithmetik remained in Brooklyn, New York in the artist community Bushwick. Here was the obvious home for his craft. His Bushwick years framed his maturing art.
His musical influences range from J Dilla, Pete Rock, Freddie McGregor, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane, The Grateful Dead, Phish, Hiatus Kaiyote to The Tallest Man on Earth. His music is a sonic rendition of urban stimuli; His sounds create a setting of cracked sidewalks surrounded by aerosol markings. These industrial scents mix with the aroma of slow-burning tobacco and revolutionary contemplation.
Back in Atlanta, he humbly dedicates his life to his calling. He shares his gift by teaching the youth how to express and empower themselves through music. With a heart full of love and a mind endlessly spilling over with unique and fresh contributions, he blends the nostalgic integrity of hip-hop’s origins with a path yet paved.