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Commissions, Compositions, Arrangements, Soundtracks:
2019 Reconstruction: America After the Civil War. Executive Producer: Henry Louis Gates, PBS. Paul Miller, composer. 4 Episodes. Credited Arranger.
2018 Oregon Arts Commission and High Desert Museum, Bend.: She Breathes Water: A Triptich: Installation, Performance and Sound Art work Commissioned Artist: 2018-2019
New work: An Apple for My Teacher: for the Creative Music Guild Improvisors Summit Festival , Commissioned Composer. July 2018.
Original Film Score. Back to God’s Country, Original Feature Film Soundtrack (70 minutes), for Kino-Lorber, Women Pioneers of Film, Commissioned Composer. 2018
2017 Commissioned Composition. Chanson de Fleurs Eleanor of Aquitaine for oboe and soundscape. Premiered by oboist Catherine Lee. Willamette University Faculty Recital Series, Hudson Concert Hall, Rodgers Music Center, Willamette University, Salem, OR.
Commissioned Composition. Proxemics for large ensemble. Premiered by Matt Hannafin (percussion), Lee Elderton (clarinet), Andre St. James (bass), and Catherine Lee (oboe). Extradition Series, Leaven Community Center, Portland, OR.
2016 Composition. Around and Round by Dana Reason. Dana Reason (piano) and Catherine Lee (oboe). The Extradition Series, Portland, OR, 2016. Composition is a series of modular pieces and soundscapes based on the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest project with Dr. Mark Harmon (ROT: The Afterlife of Trees, a multi-media exhibition at the Arts Center, Corvallis, OR.)
2016 Composition. Music for Children: Sounding the World. A suite of pieces for percussion, voice, piano, violin and cello. Ashbrook Independent School. Corvallis, OR.
2014 Commissioned Composition. Pauline’s Polka, duet for piano. Performed by Angela Carlson/Becky Jeffers, Between the Cracks Forum, Corvallis, OR. Premier performance: 2012, Jeffers/Carlson, St James Lutheran Church, Portland, OR.
Bibliography (Articles/Citations/Reviews/Interviews) – Selected—
These reflect projects I have either worked on or have been featured in.
Water shapes High Desert Museum exhibit Desert Reflections: Water Shapes the West” weaves science, art and contemporary issues. The Bulletin, by David Jasper April 24, 2019
“Reconstruction: America After the Civil War” Review. New York Times, Mike Hale, April 9, 2019
This is a review of the 2 part documentary by Henry Louis Gates. DJ Spooky composer, Dana Reason, arranger. (Discusses the PBS series)
“How the South Won the Civil War” By Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, April 1, 2019
April 1, 2019. (Discusses the Reconstruction research of Henry Louis Gates and The Reconstruction PBS series).
Alonso-Minutti, Ana R. “Gatas y Vatas: Female Empowerment and Community-Oriented Experimentalism.” In Experimentalisms in Practice: Music Perspectives from Latin America, edited by Ana R. Alonso-Minutti, Eduardo Herrera, and Alejandro L. Madrid, 131-160. New York: Oxford University Press, 2018.
“Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers Blu-ray Review” by Lauren, December 3, 2018.
“28 Days, 28 Films” By Manohla Dargis and A.O. Scott, Feb. 1, 2018
Thrills, Tears and the Real Gone Girls of Cinema, NY Times, By Manohla Dargis
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers (Blu-ray)
Kino // Unrated // Feb, 2019 // Region A Reviewed by Tyler Foster
“Navigable Structures and Transforming Mirrors: Improvisation and Interactivity” by Dana Reason. Text used at Harvard Graduate School Fromm Seminar in Composition (MUSIC 271F) by visiting scholar George E. Lewis, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and Edwin H. Case Professor of American Music at Columbia University. (February 13, 2017).
Oxford Handbook of Critical Improvisation Studies Vol. 1 & 2. Ed. George E. Lewis and Benjamin Piekut. Oxford University Press, 2017. Citation/Footnotes about my research.
Tomorrow is the Question: New Directions in Experimental Music Studies; Ed. Benjamin Piekut. University of Michigan Press, 2014. citation about my research, 2017.
Miller, Paul. “Forests: A Parallax View in Music.” Posted in Explorers Journal: Stories from the Field, a National Geographic blog, November 9, 2016. https://voices.nationalgeographic.org/2016/11/09/forests-a-parallax-view/
Aaron, Kayin. “A Conversation with Dana Reason Part 1.” Kayin Aaron blog, 2016. http://www.kayinaaron.com/blog/2016/5/30/pxpybka3z2ccsq2hm2flspi5m1uz5y
Corbett, John. A Listener’s Guide to Free Improvisation, University of Chicago Press, March 2016.
Tangari, Joe. Review of Angle of Vision by Dana Reason. Downbeat Magazine, February 2013.
McInally, Mike. “Dana Reason Shares Her ‘Angle of Vision’.” Corvallis Gazette Times, August 22, 2013. http://www.gazettetimes.com/entertainment/music/dana-reason-shares-her-angle-of-vision/article_3e810b92-0b4e-11e3-af4a-0019bb2963f4.html
Smith, Steve. “Pauline Oliveros Profile + Night After Night Bonus Track With Dana Reason,” Night After Night blog, August 12, 2012. http://www.nightafternight.com/night_after_night/2012/08/pauline-oliveros-profile-night-after-night-bonus-track-with-dana-reason.html
McInally, Mike. “Music Series Honors Women Composers and Musicians,” Corvallis Gazette Times, October 26, 2012. http://www.gazettetimes.com/entertainment/music/music-series-honors-women-composers-and-musicians/article_93385d60-1ef6-11e2-9c32-0019bb2963f4.html
Silsbee, Kirk. Review of Revealed recording by the Dana Reason Trio. Downbeat Magazine, 2011.
Lewis, Eric. The Video Art of Sylvia Safdie,, McGill-Queen’s University Press, Kingston, ON, Canada, March, 2013.  “Dana/Ben,” 4:08 minute video; two unrelated videos are shown simultaneously: Dana as she improvises at piano; the other, Ben Harkarvy superimposed footage.
May, Lawrence Joseph. “Sill Listening: Pauline Oliveros Commemoration,” Musicworks, Spring 2017, issue 127. Features “Folded Subjects: Olive Rose” photo by Dana Reason.
Water in the West, High Desert Museum, 2018-2019
Artist in Residence, Playa, Summer Lake, Oregon, 2018
Artist in Residence, Continuum, Brooklyn, NYC, March 2018
Artist in Residence, The Cabin at Shotpouch Creek, Spring Creek Project, Oregon State University, Summer, 2016.
Artist in Residence, New Media Gallery, Jack Straw Studios, Seattle, WA: record and master new compositions and improvisations for piano, cello, bass, and drums. 2013.
2019 “Gold Rush,” Charlie Chaplin, live film scoring by Dana Reason (for Jon Lewis film course), OSU, April 30, 2019
“Way Down East,” DW Griffith, live film scoring by Dana Reason (for Jon Lewis film course), OSU, April 16, 2019
“The Cheat”, Cecil B. DeMille, live film scoring by Dana Reason (for Jon Lewis film course) , De Mille, OSU, April 9, 2019
“Metropolis” Fritz Lang, live film scoring, Dana Reason (for Jon Lewis film course , Darkside Theater, January, 2019
James Ilgenfritz, contrabass, Dana Reason, piano: Joan Truckenbrod tapestry, Site of Sound, 2019
Roscoe Mitchell Concert. Park Avenue Armory, NYC March 6, 2019
Re:Soundings Trio: Spectrum, NYC March 4, 2019
Re:Soundings Trio: Portland State University, Feb., 2019
Re:Soundings Trio: Reed College, Feb, 2019
Re:Soundings Trio: Willamette University, Feb, 2019
Re:Soundings Trio: Site of Sound, Truckenbrod Gallery, Corvallis, Feb., 2019
2018 Trio: Lighting, Sound, Computers: Bruce Pennycook, Dana Reason and UT Austin Festival, October 2018
Pointed Percussionists, Performance with Elana Mann’s “Blame Game Rattle” Pitzer College, California, October, 2018
Tea and Fences Skype Performance with Live Audience. Featured Ivan Manzanilla, Mexico and Dana Reason, Bend, Audience in Chicago, October, 2018
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Back to God’s Country, Live Performance with Film July 2018
An Apple for My Teacher, Dana Reason Ensemble Headliner, with visuals Improvisers Summit of Portland, July 2018
Interiorities, Dana Reason/Bruce Pennycook, Festival in Guanajuato, Mexico, April 2018
Tea and Fences, Performance. Featured Mehdi Behbudi, Tehran and Dana Reason, Corvallis with audience in Los Angeles, April 2018.
Continium, Andrew Drury and Dana Reason, Soup and Sound Series, March , 2018
Dana Reason Solo, Spectrum, NYC March, 2018
2017 Performance. Andrew Drury (drummer/composer/improviser), Luthor Maggot (electronics) Michael Gamble (guitar), and Dana Reason (keyboard/found objects). Red Room Series, Interzone, Corvallis, OR. 2017.
Performance. Lisa Cay Miller, “Lessing Stories.” Guest pianists Rachel Isaasa and Dana Reason. Pyatt Hall, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra School of Music, Vancouver, BC, Canada. October 21, 2016.
Performance. Film soundtrack, Birth of A Movement, music by Paul D. Miller, PBS, February, 2017.
2016 Performance. Film soundtrack, “Within our Gates” music by Paul D. Miller. Pioneers of African American Cinema, Kino Lorber (5 Disc Collection of Pioneers of African American Cinema), 2016.
Performance. Film soundtrack, “Body and Soul” music by Paul D. Miller. Pioneers of African American Cinema, Kino Lorber (5 Disc Collection of Pioneers of African American Cinema), 2016.
Performance. Vinny Golia with ensemble, Improvisation Summit of Portland 2016, Creative Music Guild, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR.
Performance. Live Ensemble Performance for community radio fund raiser, KBOO Radio Live, Portland, OR.
Performance. Ralph Carney (saxophone) Dana Reason (keyboard), Ryan Biesack (percussion), and Mike Gamble (guitar). Red Room Series, Interzone, Corvallis, OR.
Performance. “Edges” by Christian Wolff (1968). Featuring: Matt Carlson (electronics), Catherine Lee (oboe), Dana Reason (piano/composition). The Extradition Series, Leaven Community Center, Portland, OR, 2016. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ak8yFQ34YLQ
Performance. ReSoundings Trio: John Savage (flute), Catherine Lee (oboe), Dana Reason (piano/soundscape). Smith Recital Hall, Western Oregon University, Monmouth, OR.
2015 Performance. Dana Reason Trio: Peter Valsamis (drums), Jeff Schwartz (bass), Dana Reason (piano). Cultural Alliance of Long Beach (CALB), Long Beach, CA.
Performance. “Nonaah” by Roscoe Mitchell. John Savage (flute), Catherine Lee (oboe), Dana Reason, (piano). Improvisation Summit of Portland 2015, Creative Music Guild, Disjecta Contemporary Art Center, Portland, OR.
2014 Performance. Ensemble Concert with Barre Phillips, Lori Freedman, John Heward, Joe McPhee and Dana Reason. MacDonald Stewart Art Center, Guelph Jazz Festival Colloquium, International Institute for Critical Studies in Improvisation, University of Guelph, Guelph, ON, Canada.
Performance. Ensemble Concert with Barre Phillips, Lori Freedman, John Heward, Joe McPhee and Dana Reason. Suoni Per II Popolo, Montreal, QC, Canada.
Performance. “Voyager”’ by George Lewis featuring Kyle Bruckmann (oboe), George Lewis (computer) and Dana Reason. Sweet Thunder: SFCMP Festival of Electro-Acoustic Music, Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture, San Francisco, CA.
Performance. Han Bennink and Mary Oliver. duos and trios. Creative Music Guild, Redeemer Lutheran Church, Portland, OR, 2014.
Performance. Vinny Golia (CalArts), Ryan Biesack (percussion), Michael Gamble (guitar), Kayan Aaron (electronics/piano) , Dana Reason (piano). Between the Cracks Forum, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR.
2013 Performance. Ricardo Tejero (clarinet/tenor saxophone) Maraatsj (violin) and Dana Reason (piano), and Petyr Veenstra (light design). Set 3, Season Ending Concert, Oorsprong Curators Series, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Performance. Mary Oliver (violin) and Dana Reason (piano). Warehouse Elementenstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Performance. Amersterdam Trio: Lori Goldston (cello), Mary Oliver (violin) and Dana Reason (piano). Onafhankelijk Cultureel Centrum In It (OCCII), Amsterdam, The Netherlands. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N91p2M8k6YI
Performance. James Fei, Chris Brown and Dana Reason Trio. New Music Center, San Francisco, CA.
Performance. Quintet with Stuart Dempster, Kevin Patton, Lori Goldston, Greg Sinnabaldi, and Dana Reason. Chapel Performance Space, Wallingford’s Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA.
Performance. Justin Morrison (dance) with Dana Reason Trio. Between the Cracks Forum, The Arts Center, Corvallis, OR.
Performance. Lori Goldston (cello) and Dana Reason (piano). Chapel Performance Space, Wallingford’s Good Shepherd Center, Seattle, WA.
2012 Performance. Dana Reason (piano), Lori Freedman (bass clarinet) and John Heward (percussion) and Yves Charuest (saxophone). L’Envers, Montreal, QC, Canada.
Performance. Excerpts from Border Crossing. Dana Reason (piano) and Peter Valsamis (drums). The Stone, New York, NY.
Performance. Dana Reason (piano). Spectrum, New York, NY.
Performance. Dana Reason (piano), Jason Robinson (saxophone), and Peter Valsamis (drums). The Lilypad, Cambridge, MA.
Performance. “To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe In Recognition Of Their Desperation” by Pauline Oliveros. Dana Reason (piano). Premiere directed by Sean Griffin for Opera Povera, 2012 New Original Works (NOW) Festival Redcat, Los Angeles, CA.
Performance. Dana Reason (piano), Donald Robinson (drums), Biggi Vinkeloe (saxophone), Scott Looney and others. Studio 1510, Oakland, CA.