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Artist Profile: Meet Tonight's Performer Chris Dingman

Chris Dingman, tonight's Thursday Night Jazz performer, is among the most celebrated composers and sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. While growing up in San Jose, California, Chris began his studies in piano and percussion at an early age . For him, the vibraphone combined elements of his two initial instruments and contained a unique, otherworldly element to it. At age 19, he decided that he would stick to the vibraphone, establishing a sonically rich and conceptually expansive sound to call his own.

Chris' debut album released in 2011 to critical acclaim, cementing him as a premier talent on the Jazz scene. He's 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. He is hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and a composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism”.

When asked what we should expect from tonight's performance, Chris went on to say the following:

"The vibraphone can be an ethereal, very lush sounding instrument. When I play solo, I try to dive in to those qualities and what makes the instrument special. Layers of sound, with a hypnotic quality, beautiful and spacious. A lot of people have said the music is “mesmerizing” or brings them into a meditative type of state. So it can be like that for some people.

For this performance, I’ll be playing some pieces from my new album Embrace, and also doing a free-form piece similar to a recent single I released called visitors. The Embrace music is inspired by a wide array of jazz and also West African music, particularly music of Malian master musicians Toumani Diabate and Ali Farka Toure. The kora music of Mali is an especially big influence on my solo playing."

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