Chris Dingman is among the most celebrated composers and sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” his progressive approach has earned him praise as “an extremely gifted young composer, bandleader, recording artist, and much sought-after sideman” (Jon Weber, NPR).
Dingman is the recipient of the 2012 Chamber Music America “New Jazz Works” Grant, to compose, perform, and record The Subliminal and the Sublime, which is now his highly-anticipated upcoming release. Recently the piece was featured as one of only three works performed at CMA’s annual Concert of Commissioned Works, as part of the 2015 national conference. Although the recording is still awaiting release, it was already called “what might be the best album of the year” in a concert review of the premiere.
Meanwhile, as a sideman, Chris’s role in the Steve Lehman Octet’s latest recording Mise En Abime helped make it the #1 Album of the Year in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll. The poll features streaming audio of Chris’s solo on the track “Chimera/Luchini.” Chris’s album Waking Dreams was voted Debut Album of the Year in the same critics poll in 2012, when he was also voted Rising Star Vibraphonist of the Year in the Downbeat Magazine critics poll.
Dingman has performed with many of the world’s greatest musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Anthony Braxton, and Jimmy Heath. He collaborates frequently with many of the leading lights of the current scene, including Ambrose Akinmusire, Steve Lehman, Donny McCaslin, Jimmy Greene, Ingrid Jensen, Tyshawn Sorey, Rudy Royston, Fabian Almazan, Gerald Clayton, Mike Moreno, Cyro Baptista, and many others.