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 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 Herbie Hancock Institute (formerly the Thelonious Monk Institute).
Dingman has done significant work with legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter as well as next generation visionaries such as Jen Shyu, Ambrose Akinmusire, Steve Lehman, and many others, performing around the world including India, Vietnam, and extensively in Europe and North America. 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).
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"The whole enterprise has the ring of the new, but you can imagine hearing it on WBGO, the local radio
standard of the straight-ahead jazz tradition. ... Mr. Dingman's own style stands out: he uses it not just for
melody and percussion but also for sound, in long, smoky chords beaming out like floodlighting. "
- Ben Ratliff, The New York Times
"First and foremost, what you get from this record is this strong, very mysterious, very enthralling atmosphere
- Kevin LeGendre, BBC 3, Jazz on 3
"The year is still relatively young, but Chris Dingman has already notched what's certain to be one of its
watershed recordings: Waking Dreams, a gorgeous, contemplative sequence of moody original compositions
played by an outstanding band."
- Steve Smith, Time Out New York
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In addition to performing, Chris is an active educator, working with students of all ages and levels for the past
15 years. His extensive teaching experience includes presenting master classes at conservatories and schools
both nationally and internationally (including Miami-Dade College, Trinity College, Vancouver Jazz Festival, the
National Conservatory of Vietnam, Staffeldsgate College in Oslo, Norway, and more), directing a summer music
camp for students ages 11-18, leading jazz ensembles at the high school and middle school levels, and teaching
group percussion classes for both children and adults.
In addition to presenting workshops and educational residencies throughout the world, he teaches vibraphone,
composition, piano, percussion, and jazz improvisation in private lessons and group classes through Inner Arts
Initiative and Play Music in Brooklyn, NY, and teaches vibraphone performance at The New School University.