Recent Highlights

Composition & Performance

Chanson de Fleurs: Eleanor of Aquitaine

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— Dana composed Chanson de Fleurs – Eleanor of Aquitaine (2017) for oboe and soundscape for Catherine Lee. The piece was created through a collaborative process (RedShift Records, 2021).

Chanson de Fleurs: Eleanor of Aquitaine (2017) for oboe and soundscape by Dana Reason

Listen to a live performance of Chanson de Fleurs: Eleanor of Aquitaine

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Silent Blaze

Dana Reason performing Silent Blaze depicted in Second Life

— Check out this performance of Silent Blaze by Dana — recorded in one single take on Sept. 16th, 2020 during the Oregon Wildfires at Boxwood Labs, Corvallis Oregon — Filmed Second Life as “Machinima” (Camera and edit by Melody Owen).

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Mother and Daughter and the Benvenue Avenue Letters of 1918

Mother and Daughter and the Benvenue Avenue Letters of 1918

Mother and Daughter and the Benvenue Avenue Letters of 1918 — multimedia, collaborative improvisation with fixed elements between composer-pianist Dana Reason, visual artist Paris Myers, and architectural archivist Bruce Anthony. This work was created for IF Improv Festival of Canada August 7-8 2020.

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Artists Studio: Roscoe Mitchell at The Armory

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— Dana performed on The Artist Studio concert series featuring 2020 NEA Jazz Master award winner, Roscoe Mitchell. The event was curated by Jason Moran at the Armory in NYC (2019)

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Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West

series Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West

—  Dana was commissioned by the Oregon Cultural Trust to contribute to Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West, an award-winning Exhibition at the High Desert Museum (2019)

Find out more her contribution, entitled She Breathes Water and her collaborator Paris Myers

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Music for film & TV

Alice Guy Blachet, Vol. 2: The Solax Years

Dana was a contributing composer and Music Supervisor for the Alice Guy Blachet, Vol. 2: The Solax Years film collection (Kino Lorber, 2020).

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Reconstruction: America After the Civil War

Reconstruction America after the civil war

Dana was a musical arranger on Henry Louis Gates’ PBS series Reconstruction: America After the Civil War (2019)

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Back To God’s Country

Back To God's Country - Film score by Dana Reason

Dana did a premiere performance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) of her film score for Back to God’s Country, a 1919 silent film directed by David Hartford and written by the Canadian pioneering female producer and director Nell Shipman (who also stars). (2019)

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Grammy’s

Angle of Vision by Dana Reason

Dana Reason Angle of Vision

Dana’s album Angle of Vision was long-listed for a Grammy in 3 separate categories including, Best Instrumental Composition, Best Arrangement, and Best Jazz Instrumental Album.

Get Angle of Vision here

OSU Wind Ensemble performs “Currents” by Dr. Dana Reason

OSU Wind Ensemble performs "Currents" by Dr. Dana Reason

Dana’s wind symphony Currents, was long-listed for Best Contemporary Classical Composition (Grammys, Mark Records, 2014).

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publications

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Play Like A Girl — An article, written by Dana Reason with Carrie Leigh Page, published by NewMusic USA, wherein the authors seek to address certain misconceptions about women in music, and demonstrate some vital contributions to the areas of composition and performance. 

“When coverage of women does occur in magazines or online, the tendency to foreground physical descriptions, make overtly gendered remarks, or advance theories as to the exceptionality of the woman in question. . . can distract readers from the quality of the work and the artistic achievements of experimental women.”

Read the full article and find out more about the International Alliance for Women in Music

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“Reason’s voice as a composer and instrumentalist is firmly her own, and well worth listening to.” 

Joe Tangari, Downbeat Magazine

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About Dana Reason

Dana Reason is a Canadian composer, recording artist, keyboardist, producer, arranger, and sound artist working at the intersections of contemporary musical genres and intermedia practices. Read more

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