Dylan Trần (1994-) is a multi-media artist based out of New Orleans, LA. He views music as a form of world-building, poignantly evoking nuanced atmospheres within an intimately expressive writing style. At home among intersections, Dylan is unrestrained by genre, drawing on his vast experience as a performer on the opera stage, in chamber and concert choirs, new and early music ensembles, rock bands, funk bands, folk bands, film music, ethnomusicological foyers into his own Việt heritage, and more. While his works often provide an exciting challenge for performers, he has demonstrated flexibility in writing for vocal and instrumental groups of all skill levels. He is a member of the American Composers Forum, the Millennium Composers Initiative, and ASCAP.
Dylan’s pieces have been workshopped and performed by musicians across the country and in Europe. He triumphed in the Pacific Edge Voices’ 2018 Call-for-Scores (Berkely, CA), emerging as one of five composers chosen from 300 submissions, and the only composer to have more than one piece selected. His piece Mass in E, workshopped in by singers from the Franco-American Vocal Academy (Périguex, France), was premiered by PEV in San Francisco in December 2018. His piece String Quartet No.1 on Việt Themes, composed in fulfillment of a fellowship awarded by the MUSAICA Chamber Ensemble (New Orleans, LA) upon winning their 2017 Composition Contest, was premiered by musicians from the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra in April 2019 and nominated for “Best New Classical Music Performance” in Gambit’s ’19-’20 Big Easy Entertainment Awards. In Fall 2020, the New Orleans Opera Association performed a scene from Dylan‘s socially distanced oratorio, Song of Songs. In 2021 he was awarded Semi-finalist status for the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation’s Artist Residency (Taos, NM) and an Honorable Mention for Chorus Austin’s Young Composers Competition (Austin, TX) and was accepted into the Salastina Sounds Promising Young Composer Program (Los Angeles, CA) and the Alba Composition Program (Alba, Italy). So far, in 2022, Dylan has been commissioned by LA-ACDA, St. James Episcopal Church (Baton Rouge, LA), and baritone André Chiang. He has also been listed as a finalist in the Springfield Chamber Chorus Composition Competition (Springfield, MO). This May, he will be visiting Cincinnati, OH, stepping into the studio with M° Brett Scott and Coro Volonte to record his piece A Soldier’s Grave, which will be featured on ABLAZE Records’ upcoming album, “New Choral Voices Vol. 6”.
Dylan is an active singer. He has performed regularly with the New Orleans Opera as both a chorus member and comprimario and has been a tenor soloist with the Krewe de Voix Chamber Choir, New Resonance Chamber Orchestra, New Orleans Vocal Arts Chorale, Franco-American Vocal Academy, and the Marigny Ballet. He is also an instrumentalist performing regularly on guitar and, less often, on piano for recitals and recordings. Dylan is a photographer and video artist with commissions from New Orleans Opera, OperaCréole, Loyola University New Orleans, and several independent artists around the country. Dylan is also an educator, having given music masterclasses for St. Ursuline Acadamy (New Orleans, LA) and Lời Ru Những Dòng Sông/Lullabies Of The Rivers (Việt Nam), and a budding writer, synthesizing the occasional libretto, authoring the occasional screenplay, and penning articles for journals and newsletters here and there, musical and otherwise.