This Is Dana Reason

Photo of Dana Reason playing piano by Daniel Sheehan

Dana Reason is a composer, improvisor, keyboardist, sound artist, producer and researcher, with a PhD in Critical Studies and Experimental Practices from the University of California, San Diego. Her focus is on performance, improvisation, composition, scoring, and research in new and emergent musical fields.

As a performing artist working at the intersections of twentieth and twenty-first century musical genres and intermedia practices, she moves easily between genres encompassing a dynamic stylistic range and repertoire. 

She has been featured on more than 17 commercially released recordings, including as a member of The Space Between Trio with American electronic arts pioneer, Pauline Oliveros.

As a film composer, performer and arranger, Reason has created music for a variety of genres including: film, theatre, games and large and small ensembles.

She created the original film score for: Back to God’s Country (1919) featuring Nell Shipman for Kino Lorber Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers.

Her piece Folded Subjects: Olive Rose premiered at McGill University in 2017. Her sound-art sculpture, UnHeard, premiered at CEI Artworks in 2016.

Her conceptual, social and political work: Tea & Fences: A Quiet Tea Party (2017) premiered at the Santa Monica library as part of a new collection of works: Propositional Attitudes (Golden Spike Press, 2018), edited by performance and visual artists: John Burtle and Elana Mann. Tea and Fences was also performed on the Heart of a Forest tour in 2016, by Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) and appears on additional soundtracks including, Within Our Gates and Body, Soul on Pioneers of African-American Cinema (Kino-2016) and the PBS documentary soundtrack – Birth of a Movement (2017). Birth of a Movement was nominated for an Emmy in 2018.

In addition, for work with Paul Miller, Reason was credited as arranger for the PBS Documentary series: Reconstruction: America After the Civil War by Dr. Henry Louis Gates (2019).

Dana Reason currently lives in Oregon, USA, where she holds the position of Assistant Professor of Contemporary Music, School of Arts and Communication, at Oregon State University.

”Dana Reason can play…with chops and creativity that bring to mind Jacky Terrasson, John Medeski, Vijay Iyer, and Satoko Fujii, Dana is a formidable talent”

Michael Gallant for Keyboard Magazine

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