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Hailed by the New York Times as a "dazzling" soloist and composer with a "fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism," Chris Dingman is one of the most sought-after vibraphonists of his generation. Schooled in the jazz tradition, yet influenced by a wide range of music and experience, Dingman draws inspiration and meaning from a diverse set of musical sources, uniting them in a progressive approach that has earned him praise as "an extremely gifted young composer, bandleader, recording artist, and much sought-after sideman" (Jon Weber, NPR), for his "deeply lyrical" (Nate Chinen, NY Times) and "poignant work" (David Sprague, Variety). He has performed and studied with many of the world's greatest jazz musicians, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, Jimmy Heath, and many others. Now based in Brooklyn, NY, he is currently working with many of the leading lights on the jazz and creative music scene, both as a sideman and as a leader. His debut album, Waking Dreams, has been called "gorgeous" (Time Out NY), "brilliant" (All About Jazz), and "luminous" (NY Times). Stereophile calls it "a very big, pleasant surprise" and the Los Angeles Times commends: "rich and full of unexpected twists but never less than approachable, Waking Dreams casts an atmospheric spell true to its name."