The Dark Matter String Band
The Dark Matter String Band, a collaborative trio featuring bassist
Christian Dillingham, guitarist Matt Gold, and violinist James Sanders
explores the concepts of early 20th Century African-American string band
music in a 21st Century context.
Matt Gold is a guitarist and composer based in Chicago, IL. His work pulls
from diverse traditions of electric and acoustic music. He performs in the
guitar + drums duo SUN SPEAK. In addition to The Dark Matter String Band
he is a member of the duos Storm Jameson and Hood Smoke and plays in bands
led by notable Chicago artists including Makaya McCraven and Greg Ward.
Bassist Christian Dillingham is equally at home in many musical worlds.
He has made frequent appearances in Chicago’s vibrant classical scene,
playing with the Lyric Opera, the Grant Park Symphony, Fulcrum Point New
Music Project and the Chicago Opera Theatre. Dillingham is also a member
of the Chicago Sinfonietta and the Chicago Philharmonic. He has played and
recorded with dozens of musicians, including Melvin Butler, Kevin
Mahogany, the late piano master Willie Pickens, Dee Alexander, Victor
Goines, Bobby Broom, Sean Jones, Jim Gailloreto, Nick Mazzarella, Greg
Ward and Mike Reed.
Violinist James Sanders confidently crosses stylistic borders, yet stays
true to both the jazz violin legacy and his rigorous classical training to
create music that transcends category yet remains faithful to its multiple
inspirations, which include his Caribbean heritage. He is a regular
presence in Chicago’s creative music movement and has performed around the
world, including major jazz festivals in Italy, Brazil, Poland, and
Chicago. He leads the long-running Latin jazz group James Sanders’
Conjunto as well as Proyecto Libre, an ensemble that pulls equally from
free improvisation and Afro-Caribbean traditions.