A native of Berkeley, California, Dylan Mattingly recently received a B.A. in Classical Greek and a B.M. in Music Composition from Bard College where he studied with George Tsontakis, Kyle Gann, John Halle, and Joan Tower. Mentored as well in Berkeley by composer John Adams, his music has been performed in San Francisco, Sydney, Berlin, New York, London, and many other cities around the world. He will be attending the Yale School of Music in the Fall.
Called “visionary magic” by Susan Scheid, Mattingly’s work has been influenced by Thomas Adès, John Adams, Olivier Messiaen, Joni Mitchell, and Bob Dylan, as well as the old American blues and folk field recordings of the Lomaxes. For two years he was the co-director of Formerly Known as Classical, a SF 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.” Mattingly performs frequently as a cellist, bassist, pianist, guitarist, and percussionist. In 2012, Contemporaneous released an album on INNOVA Records, entitled Stream of Stars—Music of Dylan Mattingly.
Among the musicians who have performed Mattingly’s music are the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, 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. His work I Was a Stranger, commissioned by John Adams and Deborah O’Grady for the Cabrillo Festival Orchestra, received its world premiere in 2012. Mattingly recently completed a large-scale project drawing upon his study of ancient Greek, setting the choruses of Euripides’ Bakkhai while utilizing the original Greek meter and tuning systems. Mattingly is also an avid painter, poet, and pitcher, having played for Bard College’s first ever baseball team. Upcoming commissions include two large solo piano works for Kathleen Supové and Sarah Cahill, and a work for the Los Angeles Philharmonic to be premiered in 2015.
The world premiere of Mattingly’s new work, Sky Madrigal, will take place on Opening Night, Friday, August 1, 2014 at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium.