Dylan Mattingly

 
 




A native of Berkeley, California, Dylan Mattingly began playing cello when he was five years old and writing music at the age of seven. He received a B.M. from the Bard College Conservatory of Music with George Tsontakis, Joan Tower, John Halle, and Kyle Gann, is mentored by John Adams in Berkeley, and received a B.A. in Classics from Bard College. His music has been performed in San Francisco, Sydney, Berlin, New York, London, and many other cities around the world.

Called “visionary magic” by Susan Scheid, Mattingly’s work has been particularly influenced by Thomas Adès, John Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Joni Mitchell, Bob Dylan, and the old American blues and folk field recordings of the Lomaxes. A performer and improviser inside (and outside) many varied forms of music from classical to folk, rock, jazz, and epic freeform improvisations with violinists Alex Fager, Finnegan Shanahan, and Eli Wirtschafter, Mattingly draws not only from his artistic surroundings, but the landscapes themselves. For two years he was the co-director of
Formerly Known as Classical, a Bay Area new music ensemble whose young members play only music written in their lifetimes, and he is now the co-artistic director and co-founder of Contemporaneous, a New York-based ensemble of young musicians, “dedicated to performing the most exciting music of the present moment.”


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Dylan Mattingly