Events downtown

Jun 25

Chris Dingman & Kate Beever: Songs, Sounds & Stories of Healing
Location: 181 State St, Portland, Maine 04101, US
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Join two mallet percussionists for a night of songs, immersive sounds, and stories about their work using music to help others heal.

NYC-based vibraphonist and composer Chris Dingman is known for his distinctive approach to the instrument: sonically rich and conceptually expansive. In his captivating solo performances, he casts an enveloping atmosphere, creating layers of simultaneous sound.. It’s an immersive listening experience that many have described as transportive and deeply healing.

Having worked with legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and with next-generation visionaries such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Linda May Han Oh, and Steve Lehman, Dingman brings together his experience in modern jazz with a host of influences from around the world in service of taking listeners on a journey to a transcendent place.

On his path to becoming a solo artist, he documented his improvisations privately for many years, until his world changed. When his father entered hospice care in 2018, he created the 5-hour extended album Peace, recorded as he played it for his father, and ultimately released in 2020. This led to an ongoing exploration of his solo music and his critically acclaimed albums journeys vol. 1 and vol. 2 , which have been described as “hypnotic” (The New York Times), “spellbinding” (Bandcamp), “absolutely beautiful” (Jazz at Lincoln Center), and “solo masterpieces” (Downbeat).

Chris is actively touring, performing in concert, healing, and hybrid modalities for audiences around the world, both in person and online. Recent concert performances include Omega Institute (Rhinebeck), Timucua Arts (Orlando), The Jazz Gallery (New York), Constellation (Chicago), Lawrence University (Appleton), Redwood Jazz Alliance (Eureka), and many others including a 10-date solo tour of the US supported by a grant from South Arts.

Chris has performed around the world including in India, Vietnam, and extensively in Europe and North America. He has been profiled by NPR, the New York Times, Downbeat, AMNY and many other publications, and has received fellowships and grants from Chamber Music America, New Music USA, South Arts, and the Thelonious Monk Institute. Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and a composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” the fluidity of his musical approach has earned him praise as “an extremely gifted composer, bandleader, and recording artist.” (Jon Weber, NPR).

Kate Beever, MA, MT-BC, studied percussion performance at the USM School of Music and then worked for Frank Glazer before earning her Master’s degree in Music Psychotherapy from New York University. She interned at Beth Israel Medical Center and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She returned to the fresh air of Maine to open Maine Music & Health, LLC. Maine Music & Health helps those with illnesses and disabilities reach their goals through the power of music. Kate’s business was the SBA’s 2017 Microenterprise of the Year and won $10,000 from Robert Herjavec in the INC Magazine and UPS Store’s Small Business Challenge in Los Angeles. MM&H has developed music & wellness programs with Maine Medical Center, York Hospital, the Dempsey Center, Boston College, the Portland and Bangor Symphony Orchestras, and worked with thousands of clients with medical needs. In addition to playing solo and with orchestras, Kate has performed in bands supporting Emilia Dahlin, Jeff Beam, Zach Jones, and others.