"When composer Philip Glass claimed “Music is a place,” he may as well have been describing [2018] Headlands Artist in residence Dina Maccabee’s solo musical explorations. Maccabee creates vast, satisfying sonic geographies and atmospheres, with signposts marked in mystery, yearning, and unexpected detours. A highly sought-after collaborator, Maccabee’s work as violist and vocalist is featured on projects with Julia Holter, Tune-Yards, Carla Bozulich, Beth Custer, Vienna Teng, and many others. But for this night, in keeping with her beautiful, experimental 2017 album, The World Is in the Work, Maccabee presents originally composed and produced solo pieces. Using what’s at hand—her viola, violin, voice, and electronics—Maccabee sends us on our ways." - Headlands Center for the Arts

I have performed since 2015 violist/backup vocalist for international tours with respected songwriter Julia Holter, and I have also toured extensively since 2003 with Carla Bozulich, Vienna Teng, Ramon & Jessica, Beth Custer, and Real Vocal String Quartet.  I have performed solo or as bandleader throughout the U.S. since 2010, and in addition to many collaborations I have recorded three albums of original music: Who Do You Suppose You Are? (Contraphonic, 2010), Songs 4 Violin + Voice (2012), and The World is in the Work (August 2017) As an original member of Real Vocal String Quartet, I recorded two albums and toured with the American Music Abroad program. Ramon & Jessica, my songwriting/composing duo with Jesse Olsen Bay, has released three full length albums and an a cappella EP.

I graduated from the Wesleyan University M.A. program in Composition 2015, and I recently co-wrote new musical, Sweet Land, which premiered in May 2017 at History Theatre in St. Paul, MN. Ramon & Jessica's adaptation of The World is Round, a 1939 children's book by Gertrude Stein, was staged in a May 2017 workshop by Berkeley's Just Theater. 


2019 Dina Maccabee - The Sharpening Machine

2018 Julia Holter - Aviary - Viola, violin, vocals

2018 Tune Yards - I Can Feel You Creep into My Private Life - Viola, violin

2018 Andrew Tuttle - Self Titled

2018 The Work is in the World (remixes)

2017 I Can Feel You Creep Into My Private Life, TuneYards - Viola, Violin

2017 In the Same Room, Julia Holter - Viola, Vocals

2017 The World is in the Work – Songwriter, Viola, Vocals, FX

2017 Land So Sweet – Composer, Violin, Viola, Producer

2017 The Weight of the Water, Ron Shalom - Viola, Vocals

2017 Tethered Music – Composer, Viola, Vocals

2015 The Gravity of Our CommitmentNever Enough Hope – Violin

2015 Ghost Modern, Geographer – Viola, Violin

2014 Ghost of a Gardner, Rachel Reis – Viola

2013 We the CommonThao & the Get Down Stay Down – Violin

2013 Our Band Could Be As Serious As Your Life, Aaron Novik – Violin

2013, Mesolow, Rocket Moth – Violin

2012 Melodie Fantastique, Japonize Elephants – Violin, Vocals, Composer

2012 Contraption Vol. 2, Beats Antique – Viola, Vocals, Composer

2012 Evie Ladin Band, Evie Ladin Band – Fiddle, Vocals

2011 MetalsFeist – Vocals, Viola

2011 Thao & MirahThao & Mirah – Viola

2011 Adam Levy, The Heart Collector - Viola

2010, Real Vocal String QuartetReal Vocal String Quartet – Viola, Vocals, Arranger, Composer

2010 Floating World, Vol. 1Aaron Novik – Violin

2009 Inland TerritoryVienna Teng – Fiddle, Viola

2008 The Gift EconomyNever Enough Hope – Violin

2006 To Find Me Gone, Vetiver – Viola

2006 Dreaming Through the NoiseVienna Teng – Viola, Vocals, Soloist

2004 I'm Gonna Stop Killing – Carla Bozulich, Violin

2004 Elysium, The Velvet Teen – Viola