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 a Canadian, American percussionist and drummer based in New York. With a voracious appetite to collaborate in range of modes, Dylan has performed with Grammy Nominated A Far Cry Chamber Orchestra, appeared at the BAM Next Wave Festival in ‘Crossing’ by Matthew Aucoin, recorded for WNYC’s podcast RadioLab and New Sounds, shared bandstands with Olga Bell of the Dirty Projectors and Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, finished a fellowship at Mark Morris Dance Group, and premiered the Bessie Award winning ‘There Might Be Others’ by Rebecca Lazier and Dan Trueman alongside So Percussion, Mantra, and Mobius Percussion at New York Live Arts. As an avid performer composer on the rise who’s works have been heard at Alvin Ailey and the Detroit Institute of the Arts, Greene 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, premiered original work with A Far Cry and New Vintage Baroque, and performed at Universities and Art Museums all around the country. 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. In addition, 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 has traveled to Ghana to study Kete, Frontomfrom, and Highlife with ethonomuscologist and national folkloric teasure, Koo Nimo. He was a Bang On A Can fellow at Mass MoCA in 2016 and a OneBeat fellow in 2018.
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
Imana Gunawan - choreographer
Music Beyond Measure
American Opera Projects
American Repertory Theater