FULL STURGEON MOON: Animal Feelings, Chris Dingman, Kennebec
The Old Church curates a series that celebrates intentional healing through sound, ritual, poetry and creative visuals. Each concert in the series is carefully booked to coincide with either the Full or New Moon. The series is a collaboration between musicians / sound healers and other thoughtful artists with the intention of weaving together a magical and memorable experience within the sacred timber of TOC. It is a time to slow down, to soak in the lush sounds, and to open our hearts to the answers that lie within. We love you!
Doors at 6:30pm | All ages (see Covid policies) | Bar w/ID | All sales are final.
ANIMAL FEELINGS is the musical love child of producer and pianist Oli Chang. From introspective piano pieces to sprawling indy anthems, Animal Feelings ranges from ambient soundscapes to unexpected electronic drops. His sound is inspired by nature and ranges from the neoclassical style of Nils Frahm to the soaring melodies of Sigur Ros. Through infectious vocal hooks, instrumental melodies and percussive ASMR sounds, Oli Chang’s music will ignite your inner animal feelings.
Oli has toured alongside such acts as Vampire Weekend, Empire Of The Sun, Sky Ferreira and has played with artists Tycho, Alex Cameron and Sevdaliza. His current show blends expansive modern classical soundscapes with spacious vocal melodies. Lyrically his songs play on themes around the possibilities of utopian futures where technology and biology coexist in harmony. Animal Feelings will be announcing a tour this spring where he will be collaborating with a range of Yoga, Movement and Sound Healing facilitators at events all around the USA. These events will include - but not be limited to immersive sound and movement experiences that include luminescent aquatic light projections in unexpected locations.
Oli Chang's musical journey in the USA began with the celebrated ambient dream-pop of High Highs, a long-running collaboration with Jack Milas. Previously his electronic music project with James Brennan called Theatre Of Disco was one of Australian label Future Classic's first signings. Chang was drawn back to dance music whilst writing the second High Highs album. During this time, he also started "LOVELESS NIGHTS" a cult, wildly diverse dance party held at Pony Boy, Brooklyn, which also served as a testing ground and incubator for ANIMAL FEELINGS. Oli Chang's projects have been featured in the films Pitch Perfect, Sleeping with Other People, For a Good Time Call and numerous TV shows including Grey's Anatomy, Nurse Jackie and Teen Wolf.
Chris Dingman is a vibraphonist and composer with a distinctive approach to the instrument: sonically rich and expansive, bringing listeners on a journey to a beautiful, transcendent place.
Chris has worked with legendary artists Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter as well as next generation visionaries such as Ambrose Akinmusire, Linda May Han Oh, Steve Lehman, Jen Shyu, and many others. In his solo performances, he casts an enveloping atmosphere with layers of sound – soaring melodies, swirling textures, and undulating pedal tones - an immersive listening experience that many have described as transportive and deeply healing.
On his journey to becoming a solo artist, Chris 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. That profoundly emotional experience forced him to re-examine the role that solo performing played in his life and career – imbuing it with an even deeper sense of mission and introspection. His stunning new album journeys vol. 1 features meditative and atmospheric pieces selected from more than a year of solo explorations.
Chris has performed around the world including in India, Vietnam, and extensively throughout Europe and North America, and has received fellowships and grants from the Chamber Music America, the Doris Duke Foundation, New Music USA, South Arts, and the Thelonious Monk Institute. He has been profiled by NPR, the New York Times, DRUM magazine and many other publications. He was nominated for Mallet Instrumentalist of the Year in the 2021 Jazz Journalist Association Awards, and has been named numerous times in the Downbeat and Jazz Times Critics polls. winning the Rising Star Vibraphonist award in 2012. He has released five critically acclaimed albums as a leader.
Hailed by the New York Times as a “dazzling” soloist and a composer with a “fondness for airtight logic and burnished lyricism,” his musical approach has earned him praise as “an extremely gifted composer, bandleader, and recording artist.” (Jon Weber, NPR).