Doug Hirlinger is a multifaceted musician whose diverse history includes extensive experience as a drummer, composer, educator, and producer. He possess a fascination with the synthesis of technology and music and increasingly works with the cutting edge software known as Max/ MSP, both as a compositional tool and interfaced with acoustic drums for performance. Doug’s first musical language and point of reference is Jazz, due primarily to his upbringing in St. Louis where he had the great fortune of working with and receiving tutelage from local tenor saxophone legend, Wille Atkins. The rhythm, sonic fabric, swagger, and general artistry of hip- hop from the 80’s and 90’s has also been a significant inspiration. Since first moving to New York City in 1995, Doug has been a resident of both NYC and Philadelphia multiple times, moving from one city to the other more than once, immersing himself in the deep and rich music scenes of both communities.
On drum set Doug is as much at home in jazz and experimental settings as he is on stage with the Philadelphia Orchestra. During the past 20 plus years living in his two cities of choice, he has toured Europe and the US, played many times in the most prominent venues in New York and Philadelphia, and established lasting relationships with an abundant list of collaborators. As a side man in clubs such as Philadelphia’s historic Ortlieb’s Jazz Haus and Chris’ Jazz Cafe, in New York City venues such as the Blue Note, Birdland, 55 Bar, and the Iridium, as well as in countless venues in Europe, Hirlinger has performed with a plentiful list of well known musicians that include Peter Bernstein, Seamus Blake, Ralph Bowen, Wayne Escoffrey, Stanley Jordan, Luis Perdomo, and Tim Warfield as well as with Philly jazz heroes Bootsie Barnes, Larry McKenna, and Sid Simmons. Doug’s frequent collaborators include seasoned bassist Gene Perla (who worked for many years with one of Doug’s heroes, Elvin Jones), guitarist and composer Tim Motzer, The Jost Project (Paul Jost, Kevin MacConnell, Tony Miceli) often including Joel Frahm, organist Lucas Brown, and Chris Coyle’s Outside Sound. Hirlinger made his debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra in March of 2017 playing drum set on the world premiere of Imaginary Day , a Duo Concerto for Vibraphone, Marimba, and Orchestra composed by Pat Metheny, orchestrated and arranged by Chris Deviney. Doug formally co-led a trio with Matt Mitchell and Tarus Mateen, which was a Philadelphia favorite, appearing several times at Ortlieb’s.