Dana Reason is a Canadian-born composer, music supervisor, producer, recording artist, and educator
Reason recently co-produced Cinema’s First Nasty Women Compilation Soundtrack Vol. 1 (Kino Lorber, Aug. 2023) with Grammy award winning musician, founder and artistic director of the Berklee Institute of Jazz and Gender Justice, Terri Lyne Carrington. This soundtrack features 18+ diverse female composers written for the 4DVD (Cinema’s First Nasty Women) of 99 archival films (2022). Reason was also the arranger for the award winning Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” (PBS). produced by Henry Louis Gates (PBS, 2019). Additionally, as a film composer, arranger and performer, she contributed music to: Pioneers of African-American Cinema; Birth of a Movement (PBS); and Alice Guy Blachet Vol.2 (Kino Lorber). Reason has written music for two feature length archival films including: Back to God’s Country (Kino) and The Snowbird (Kino) as well as music for several shorts produced by Kino Lorber. She has recorded over 20 commercially released music projects for labels including: Mode Records, Red Toucan, Deep Listening, 482 Music, Circumvention, Kino Lorber, and more. Performing and Recording highlights include: Joëlle Léandre, Joe McPhee, Cecil Taylor, Marco Eneidi, Lori Goldston, Peter Valsamis, Yves Charuest, George E. Lewis, Kyle Bruckmann, Mark Dresser, Roscoe Mitchell, Lori Freedman, John Heward, Shahzad Ismaily, Matt Brubeck, Mary Oliver, Catherine Lee, Pauline Oliveros, Gabby Fluke Mogul, Todd Sickafoose, Kevin Patton, Nicolas Caloia, Paul Miller, Mike Gamble, John Savage, Philip Gelb, Barre Phillips, and Andrew Drury.
In addition to composing, music supervising and performing, Reason writes about creative intercultural music practices, feminist improvisatory and sound studies practices, and has either published or been reviewed by the following: Routledge, Oxford University Press, Columbia University Jazz Studies Online, University of Chicago Press, National Geographic, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Wesleyan University Press, Downbeat, Jazziz, All Music, and Musicworks. Reason is currently an Assistant Professor of Contemporary Music at Oregon State University.
International Alliance for Women in Music (IAWM), Vice President (ex-officio)