Chris Dingman is a vibraphonist and composer known for his distinctive approach to the instrument: sonically rich and conceptually expansive, bringing listeners on a journey to a beautiful, transcendent place.He has done significant work with legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter as well as next generation visionaries such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Linda May Han Oh, Steve Lehman, and many others, performing around the world including India, Vietnam, and extensively in Europe and North America.

Dingman has been profiled by NPR, the New York Times, DRUM magazine and many other publications, and has received fellowships and grants from the Chamber Music America, the Doris Duke Foundation, New Music USA, and the Thelonious Monk Institute. Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and a composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” the fluidity of his musical approach has earned him praise as “an extremely gifted composer, bandleader, and recording artist.” (Jon Weber, NPR).

Solo: an ethereal journey

In his captivating solo performances, Dingman casts an enveloping atmosphere, creating layers of simultaneous sound – soaring melodies, swirling textures, and undulating pedal tones. It’s an immersive listening experience that many have described as transportive, visceral, and healing.

Each performance is special and of the moment, yet there are clear compositional elements at play. Themes are developed, departed from and recapped, and harmonic progressions play out in unexpected ways. It’s an experience that is at once thrilling and entrancing.

Dingman’s 5-hour extended solo album Peace was released in 2020. His next solo album journeys vol. 1 will be released in early 2022.

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