Christopher Scott Hydinger, n. [from Tudino and Hydinger; of Italian, Austrian, British & Dutch descent.] 1. human being possessing strong inclinations toward creating well-developed art, design, music and writing. 2. a seeker of truth 3. in philosophy, someone with Humanist sensibilities or a goal of harboring Humanist sensibilities. 4. someone who possesses a transparent, detail-focused, empowering communication style. 5. a bridger of gaps. 6. someone who harbors equal respect for the art and craft of any given medium. 7. previous art director and landscape designer/gardener with Intepra Gardens. 8. previous creative director and graphic designer with Pacific Galleries.
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Growing up in northern Virginia and southern Pennsylvania, his childhood and teen years were spent exploring art, design and athletics. Coming from a musically-inclined family (mother a trained vocalist, grandfather a professional flute and piccolo player in the Rhode Island Symphony Orchestra, brother a trained jazz drummer), he first learned how to sing while participating in a church youth choir and began exploring experimental composition at 14.
During a two-year period at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia he was introduced to the classical, electric and acoustic guitars and began composing songs for guitar and voice, co-forming the group Abstract based on those songs. The band featured cello instead of bass, the parts for which he wrote.
He relocated to Seattle, Washington in 1998 to further pursue art, design and music interests. He joined The Dotted Line as bass player and Lady Krishna’s Peppermint Lounge as guitarist in 1999. Founded new band Grayface in 2000 based on current compositions for guitar and voice. Changed name to The Music of Grayface in 2005 to more accurately reflect band concept. Joined ARKADE in 2001, first as guitarist then switching to drums/percussion. Founded solo experimental project The Antenna Project in 2002 based on sonic potential of amplified acoustic guitar, featured Boss DD5 digital delay effects pedal in order to produce live layered compositions. Joined Death By Doll (featuring graphic novelist, illustrator and musician Dame Darcy) as drummer in 2004. Joined Electric Chinese Orchestra as sound artist, trumpet player and vocalist in 2006. Joined Palodine as drummer in 2006. Founded solo experimental computer-based composition project 3844 in 2007. Co-founded art-theater group PB_TMOG (with choreographer/movement artist Paige Barnes) in 2008.
He is currently active in The Music of Grayface, 3844 and The Antenna Project.
While in Seattle he has performed at venues such as Benaroya Hall, Neumos, The Crocodile, Chop Suey, On The Boards, the Henry Art Gallery, Northwest Film Forum and the Triple Door sharing the stage with such acts as Low, Woven Hand, David Bazan (Pedro the Lion), The Gossip, Sun City Girls, The Makers, Tara Jane O’Neil, Kinski, The Dead Science and Climax Golden Twins.
He held the position of artist-in-residence at Punk Rock Yoga from 2004-2006. He has participated in numerous recording sessions with various groups producing four LPs, three EPs, as well as seven singles for Ball of Wax, Lujo Records, Old Redmond Firehouse, and Ladyfest compilations. He was invited to interpret work by the late iconic composer/musician Laura Nyro for live performance at Martin-Zambito Fine Art’s hosting of national biography book signing tour in 2002. He produced, filmed, edited and composed the music for the movement art-based film ‘Thetrialsofaninterstateaffair’ (featuring choreographer/movement artist Jessica Jobaris) for inclusion in the music film compilation DVD ‘Ball of Wax: Volume 7’ in 2007. He co-produced, filmed and edited two site-specific movement art-based films at the Henry Art Gallery and Northwest Film Forum with choreographer/movement artist Paige Barnes for inclusion in two self-produced movement art/live music performance installations at both venues as part of Velocity Dance Theater’s Next Dance Cinema in 2008.
He has received generous funding from the Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation and various private sources. He has participated in regional and national tours, had his music featured in local films, theater and movement art performances and has performed live on various radio stations.
From 2009-2012, he co-produced, co-creative directed and co-curated (with Paige Barnes) the quarterly Dance and Music improvisation-based performance series HERE/NOW hosted by Open Flight Studio (OFS) in Seattle’s University District. The series featured some of the Pacific Northwest’s most active and respected Dancers and Musicians and proved to be a distinct and vital cultural event while also serving as a much needed platform for experimentation, connection and feedback between professional Dancers and Musicians. In June, 2011 HERE/NOW received a full Seattle Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs smART ventures Program Grant.
1974 – Born in Philadelphia, PA
1975 – Relocated from Willingboro, NJ to Dale City, VA
1980-86 – Attended Enterprise Elementary School, Saunders Middle School
1986 – Relocated to Sterling, VA
1986-89 – Attended Seneca Ridge Middle School, Broad Run High School
1989 – Relocated to York, PA
1989-92 – Attended Central York High School
1992 – Relocated to Norfolk, VA to attend Old Dominion University
1995-98 – Co-founded and active in music group Abstract
1997 – Multi-canvas Series, painting/sculpture (oil, canvas, steel, steel wire); two works as part of on-going group exhibition; Palmer-Rae Gallery (Norfolk, VA)
1997 – Abstract (solo appearance); National Organization for Women (NOW) benefit show; (Virginia Beach, VA)
1998 – Relocated to Seattle, WA
1999 – Flag Series: Bridging the Compositional Gap Between the Action and Colorist Movements, painting (acrylic, wood, standard hardboard); solo exhibition; Curb Gallery (Seattle, WA)
1999-02 – Co-founded and active in music group Lady Krishna’s Peppermint Lounge
2000 – Founded solo music group Grayface
2001 – For Alice (wood stool, epoxy, mirrored glass), 3D Sketch in Red Wire (electrical wire), sculpture; The Dysfunctional Chair Show; Vital 5 Gallery (Seatte, WA)
2001-08 – Active in music group ARKADE
2002 – State of Condition Series: Humans vs. Nature, four photographic works (color 35mm print, b&w 35mm print, foamcore); Four Young Photographers group exhibition; Martin-Zambito Fine Art (Seattle, WA)
2002 – Founded solo music group The Antenna Project
2002 – The Antenna Project; book-signing event for biography of Laura Nyro, Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro by Michele Kort, produced by David Martin, Dominic Zambito, Michele Kort; Martin-Zambito Fine Art (Seattle, WA)
2004 – Participated in Ladyfest Seattle
2004-06 – The Antenna Project; artist-in-residence at Punk Rock Yoga, weekly yoga class with Kimberlee Jensen; The Vera Project (Seattle, WA)
2004-08 – Active in music group Death by Doll
2004 – The Antenna Project; One showcase/event, produced by Washington Mutual Bank; Benaroya Hall (Seattle, WA)
2005 – Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly: Volume 2; Listen, Here by ARKADE
2005 – Changed name of music group Grayface to The Music of Grayface
2005 – The Antenna Project; party/fundraiser for Music for America; private residence in Queen Anne (Seattle, WA)
2006 – Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly: Volume 5; Averyshortstory by The Music of Grayface
2006-07 – Active in music group Electric Chinese Orchestra
2006-08 – Active in music group Palodine
2007 – Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly: Volume 7 (videos); Giuseppe by ARKADE; Thetrialsofaninterstateaffair by The Music of Grayface (featuring choreographer/movement artist Jessica Jobaris)
2007 – Founded solo music group 3844
2008 – Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly: Volume 14; Pigeonsandpencils by The Music of Grayface
2008-12 – Co-founded and active in art-theater group PB_TMOG
2008 – Designed costume for solo movement art performance; choreographed/performed by Paige Barnes; On The Boards (Seattle, WA)
2008 – Co-produced, filmed/edited, designed, performed multimedia PB_TMOG art-theater performance installation MovementFilmMusic; Henry Art Gallery (Seattle, WA)
2008 – Co-produced, filmed/edited, designed, performed multimedia PB_TMOG art-theater performance installation MovementFilmMusic; Northwest Film Forum (Seattle, WA)
2009 – Co-produced/composed/designed/performed PB_TMOG art-theater work Ayudapii: The Collector (featuring movement artists Alice Gosti, Allie Hankins, Mônica Mata Gilliam, Paige Barnes, Uraina Nagy); Open Flight Studio (Seattle, WA)
2009 – CHOICE (ABS, mirrored glass), BIKE (concrete, mirrored glass), ECHO (wood, mirrored glass), 3D typography sculptures; bridge[d] group exhibition, opening of eco-townhomes designed by Johnston Architects; Footprint at the Bridge (Seattle, WA)
2009-12 – Co-founded, co-produced, co-creative directed, co-curated quarterly Dance and Music improvisation-based performance series HERE/NOW
2010 – Road to Nowhere, (solo butoh theater performance by Joan Laage), live improvised multi-instrumental music composition; Teatro de la Psychomachia (Seattle, WA)
2010 – Co-produced, composed, designed and performed PB_TMOG art-theater work Ayudapii: The Evolution of Need (featuring theater artist Paul Budraitis and movement artists Alice Gosti, Allie Hankins, Mônica Mata Gilliam, Shannon Kay Stewart); Open Flight Studio (Seattle, WA)
2011 – Founded S.I.S.S.Y. (Seattle Ice Skating Society for Youthsters); Youthsters are anyone who enjoys youth-centric activities but are no longer in their proverbial youth.
2012 – The Music of Grayface; Northwest Folklife Festival, In the Loop “Future of Folk” showcase; Folklife Café, Seattle Center (Seattle, WA)
2012 – Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly: Volume 27; Silentcanoes by The Music of Grayface
2012 – The Antenna Project (first presentation of ‘live jack’ technique); Pillow Full of Drone showcase, produced by Casey Jones (noisepoetnobody); Visionary Studio (Seattle, WA)
2013 – Ahadu (The Existence Experience Experiment), drawing (ink, canvas, aluminum); Holiday Miniature Art Extravaganza group exhibition; Twilight Gallery (Seattle, WA)
2013 – Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly: Volume 31 (covers); Hourglass by The Music of Grayface, original composition by Slow Skate (Caitlin Sherman)
2014 – BookMapPump, interactive multimedia sculpture (wood, magnets, epoxy, plastic mesh, paper, stickers); Valentine’s Day group exhibition; Jinxed Gallery (Philadelphia, PA)
2014 – The Antenna Project; Contact Improv Dance Jam, produced by Briana Jones; Taoist Studies Institute (Seattle, WA)
2014-present – Wandering & Wondering, annual multi-performer butoh + music performance (produced by Joan Laage); live improvised multi-instrumental music composition; Kubota Garden, Seattle Japanese Garden, Bellevue Botanical Garden (Seattle, WA and Bellevue, WA)
2014 – Produced music composition please by Candice Rose
2015 – BIKE, 3D typography sculpture (concrete, mirrored glass); INKY SPOKES: A Traveling Expedition of Bicycle Inspired Art; Tacoma Art Museum (Tacoma, WA), Vera Project (Seattle, WA)
2015 – The Antenna Project; Contact Improv Dance Jam, produced by Briana Jones; Taoist Studies Institute (Seattle, WA)
2015 – Ball of Wax Audio Quarterly: Volume 42; The Meaning of Life: 4point2times10tothe10th by 3844
2016 – Produced/co-wrote music composition fraud by Candice Rose
2016 – The Antenna Project; Contact Improv Dance Jam, produced by Briana Jones; Open Flight Studio (Seattle, WA)
2016 – The Antenna Project; Seattle Contact Improvisation, Movement Jam, facilitated by Christian Swenson; Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA)
2016-2017 – The Antenna Project; weekly yoga class with Kathleen Hunt; Velocity Dance Center, Studio Current, Live Love Flow Yoga Studio (Seattle, WA)
2016 – The Antenna Project; TAP 4.0: The Nyxology Sessions, Installment 1; Wayward Music Series; September 17, The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center (Seattle, WA)
2017 – Contributed five written pieces to Timea Tihanyi’s Parlor Games: Scientia, Scientia Library Project; Linda Hodges Gallery (Seattle, WA)
2017 – The Antenna Project; started Second Sunday Contact Improvisation Movement Jam, Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA)
2017 – The Antenna Project; Nomad, weekly Open Movement Jam, facilitated by Lisa Lightner; various venues (Seattle, WA)
2017 – The Antenna Project; ‘Indigo’, JKLM Studio & Sea<=>Bus; June 16, 17, 18, Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA)
2017 – The Antenna Project; ‘[FRAGILE]’, interactive performance, (Cosmin Manolescu, Giselda Ranieri, Tanja Andreeva); June 22, Velocity Dance Center (Seattle, WA)
2017 – MISSIN ROE MDEL (The Existence Experience Experiment), 13-piece drawing (ink, canvas, aluminum); September, Glo’s Restaurant (Seattle, WA)
2018 – The Antenna Project; TAP 4.0: The Nyxology Sessions, Installment 2; Wayward Music Series; February 9, The Chapel Performance Space, Good Shepherd Center (Seattle, WA)