Dylan Neely is a composer and performer who lives in New York. He writes music for film, theater, installations, and opera. Trained as a classical violinist, he discovered 1970s punk and 1920s atonality as a teenager, then spent a few years exploring Balkan folk music in Belgrade, Serbia and the American experimental music tradition in Oakland, California. He’s performed at venues including The Museum of the Moving Image, Issue Project Room, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center, The Stone, MoMA PS1, and La MaMa, as well as at a geodesic dome in Copenhagen, a meadow on California’s Mount Tamalpais, and a squat in Zagreb. His music has accompanied gallery shows and NYFW presentations.
Dylan has worked in the music department on films and TV series including Mozart in the Jungle, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, Everybody Knows Elizabeth Murray, Agnelli, Joy, and Demolition. Currently, he’s composing an original score for the feature film 18 To Party. In his film music, he often explores ambience through unusual instrumentation and custom-developed music software, but also loves writing thematically for conventional chamber ensembles. His film music is available through Naxos Licensing.
Dylan performs regularly with Fan Letters, an interactive audiovisual collaboration with the video artist Alex Nathanson. They recently completed a residency at The Watermill Center to develop Autocomplete, a dystopian opera, in collaboration with the dance company The Median Movement. In roles including composer, violinist, arranger, and producer, Dylan’s been lucky enough to work with such extraordinary artists and ensembles as Alvin Curran, American Composers’ Orchestra, Attacca Quartet, Bill Baird, Darko Lungulov, Ensemble Móbile, Marcel Dzama/Luscious Skin, Molissa Fenley, Nic Collins, Pauchi Sasaki, Paul Cantelon, Robert Wilson, Salome Chamber Orchestra, Wadada Leo Smith, and Wolfgang Tillmans/Fragile. Dylan received his B.A. from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, and an M.F.A. in electronic music at Mills College, where he was privileged to study with Zeena Parkins, Roscoe Mitchell, and Fred Frith. He’s completed additional studies at the Belgrade Conservatory while on a Fulbright Fellowship to Serbia, as well as at Juilliard. Past festivals and residencies include Flux Factory (queens ny), highSCORE (pavia italy), and SiMN (curitiba brazil). He teaches in the audio technology program at SAE Institute.