Mattingly at Bard College
|Birth name||Dylan Mattingly|
|Born||March 18, 1991 (age 24)
Oakland, California, United States
|Genres||indie-classical, post-minimalism, American folk, post-rock, contemporary classical, blues|
|Instruments||cello, guitar, bass, piano, voice|
Dylan Mattingly (born March 18, 1991 in Oakland, California) is an American composer from Berkeley, California. His music draws from a diverse range of styles and musicians, and he himself says that he "is influenced alike by John Coolidge Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Magnus Lindberg, Joni Mitchell, and the old American blues and folk field recordings of the Lomaxes." Composer John Coolidge Adams describes Dylan Mattingly as: “a hugely talented young composer who writes music of wild imagination and vigorous energy.” Mattingly was the co-director of Formerly Known as Classical for two years—a youth-run new music organization which played only music written within their lifetimes, and is currently the co-artistic director of Contemporaneous, a new music ensemble based in New York “dedicated to performing the most exciting music of this generation.” Mattingly performs frequently as a cellist, bassist, pianist, guitarist, and percussionist. Contemporaneous has released an album on INNOVA Records, entitled Stream of Stars—Music of Dylan Mattingly.
On September 24, 2011, Contemporaneous presented the world premiere of Mattingly's Atlas of Somewhere on the Way to Howland Island, a forty-minute work for chamber orchestra inspired by Amelia Earhart's final journey, and about which he writes "Atlas of Somewhere on the Way to Howland Island is for all those voyagers between horizons; for those—past and present—who have flown into storms, for those floating dreamscapes out beyond the curvature of the sunrise, for those that reach escape velocity, for when even your endless arms can’t rearrange the constellations."
Among the performers who have played his music are the Berkeley Symphony, the Del Sol String Quartet, Contemporaneous, Formerly Known as Classical, Soovin Kim, Ignat Solzhenitsyn, Sarah Cahill, Geoffrey Burleson, Mary Rowell, Other Minds, Symphony Parnassus, and the Da Capo Players.
Mattingly was a finalist in Orpheus Chamber Orchestra's “Project 440,” a crowdsourcing commissioning project sponsored by WQXR. 2012 premieres included "Gone Gone Gone" for the Del Sol String Quartet, "Invisible Skyline" for the Berkeley Symphony, and "I Was a Stranger," commissioned by John Coolidge Adams and Deborah O’Grady for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra.
Sarah Cahill, a consistent advocate of Mattingly's work, and who performed his solo piano piece Night 3 at the Other Minds New Music Séance 2008 says of Mattingly, "Dylan is inspired by a diverse range of music including the blues, Bob Dylan, jazz, and the improv music that he himself performs. With many composers, it’s an awkward fusion of classical and pop music, but Dylan makes it work. You get the sense he approaches these disparate idioms from the inside rather than from the outside." Mattingly's work for large orchestra Homeward Angel (Music for a Soundtrack to Clouds) was premiered by the Symphony Parnassus under the direction of Stephen Paulson. The work was called "a fascinating mix of postminimalistic, trance-music tinged, John Adamsesque, very "new" and easily accessible music — so boldly and creatively eclectic that it appears entirely original..." by the San Francisco Classical Voice. Mattingly currently attends the Bard College Conservatory of Music, where he studies with George Tsontakis, Joan Tower, John Halle and Kyle Gann. Mattingly is also a classics major at Bard College specializing in Ancient Greek and Latin, as well as a painter, poet, playwright, and pitcher for Bard College’s first-ever baseball team.
Mattingly has also previously studied composition with Katrina Wreede, Yiorgos Vassilandonakis,and David Tcimpidis, and conducting with David Ramadanoff & Nathan Madsen. He was a singer and guitarist with the Bay Area funk/blues band, Funky Bus & the U-Turns, and a member of the inprov string quartet, the Superdelegates.
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