I play in search of tension and release, crying and dancing, wildness and ecstasies made in continuous recollection of color, noise, and rhythm. Color, in the face of the pursuit of clarity, lets me speak and dwell in poetry; Noise, as environment, asks I learn to listen anew, over and over, for I cannot shut my ears; and Rhythm, turning vibration to time, forms involuntary intimacies between bodies. To perform sound is to invest in the loss of sound: reaffirming existence and balance in a life where you heed the call of ugly and beautiful, complex and simple sound.
Dylan Hunter Chee Greene is an Asian-American percussionist, drummer and composer based in NYC. With a voracious appetite to collaborate, from artful pop to electronic jazz, Baroque drum and bass to contemporary and cultural crossover, Dylan has performed and recorded with the Grammy Nominated A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, WNYC’s podcast RadioLab, the American Rep Theatre conducted by Matthew Aucoin at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Next Wave Festival, with bands opening for Olga Bell (Dirty Projectors) and Andrew Bernstein (Horselords), and the Bessie Award winning ‘There Might Be Others’ by Rebecca Lazier and Dan Trueman alongside Sō Percussion, Mantra, and Mobius Percussion at New York Live Arts. His compositions, session recordings and arrangements for independent recording artists, choreographers, and visual installation artists, have been heard at venues such as Alvin Ailey and the Detroit Institute for the Arts. He was a 2016 Bang On A Can fellow at Mass MoCA and a 2018 OneBeat fellow through the US State Department. Dylan currently accompanies classes for Mark Morris Dance Center and José Limón Dance Foundation.
Dylan creates and improvises as a member of Oracle Hysterical, a composer collective in NYC that writes song cycles about great literature from Homer to The Brothers Grimm. Since joining, Oracle Hysterical has released two LPs with National Sawdust: Passionate Pilgrim and Hecuba. They’ve premiered original work with A Far Cry with support from NEWMUSICUSA, collaborated with New Vintage Baroque, and performed at both Universities and Art Museums around the nation. He is the artistic director and founder of the midwestern art sound noise ensemble Willo and a co-founder of the improv project, thread duo.
As a teacher, supported by both Carnegie Hall and the State Government of NY, Dylan works with DeCoda and Music Beyond Measure to teach site-specific songwriting workshops to teens in foster care, prison pipe line reform, high school, and the NYPD police athletic league.
Greene received his Bachelors of Music from the University of Michigan where he studied with Joseph Gramley, Jonathan Ovalle, Ian Ding, Stephen Rush, and Wasentha Young (Tai Chi), and an Artist Diploma from Bard College where he studied with So Percussion and Matt Struass. Dylan's studies in Ghana with ethnomusicologist and national folkloric treasure, Koo Nimo, focused on Kete, Frontomfrom, and Highlife.
Oracle Hysterical NYC
thread duo NYC / New Haven, CT
willo collective Ann Arbor, MI
A Far Cry Orchestra - chamber orchestra
Decoda - collective / mixed ensemble
New Vintage Baroque - chamber ensemble
Majel Connery - vocalist, composer
Chris Botta - audio engineer, composer
Henry Birdsey - composer, prepared guitarist
Elliot Cole - composer, performer
Doug Balliett - composer, bassist
Brad Balliett - composer, bassonist
Tanner Porter - composer, singer
Gregory Spears - composer
Jeff Dolven - poet
David Scher - visual artist
Christopher Williams - choreographer
Music Beyond Measure
American Opera Projects
American Repertory Theater