Dana Reason is a Canadian-born pianist, composer and researcher.
As a pianist and composer, Reason has performed extensively throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe and can be heard on over eleven CD recordings. She has appeared at Frau Musica Nova, Guelph Jazz Festival, Banff Center for the Arts, Stanford University, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Spring Reverb, and Is that Jazz? Seattle, Festival among others. Reason was part of The Space Between Trio with Pauline Oliveros in 2000s. She has performed with Mark Dresser, Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre, Lori Goldston, Bert Turetzky, Alex Cline, Mary Oliver, Barre Philips, Cecil Taylor, Lisle Ellis, George E. Lewis, among others.
Reason premiered her new work: Oui/Yes- Non/No-Peut-Etre for solo piano in Prague, June 2013. The work is also the soundtrack for a new film “Yes/No/Maybe” by Cynthia Valdecadena (Bienvé Films) and will premiere at Poto Festival August 2013.
Her newest trio album ANGLE OF VISION (2013) features both her compositions as well as works by Astor Piazzolla, Billie Holiday, Allison Johnson, Clara Schumann and Glen Moore. The trio features: bassist, Glen Moore and drummer, Peter Valamis with Reason at the piano. The album was released by 482 Music.
In 2012 Reason was commissioned by Oregon State University and Dr. Chris Chapman for CURRENTS, a composition for wind ensemble. CURRENTS was premiered at the University of Reno (Winter 2012). Other commissions include Rova Saxophone Quartet, Jeffers-Carlson Duo and Meet the Composer Grant (NY). Her research on Women Improvisers was awarded a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.
“Perceptual Interiorities” is an inter-media theater piece co-created with visual artist Shelley Jordan and guitarist/computer musician Kevin Patton. It premiered at The Art Center (2012) in Corvallis, OR.
Reason holds a Bachelors of Music from McGill University; a Masters in Composition from Mills College, and Ph.D. in Critical Studies/Experimental Practices from the University of California San Diego. Her mentors include a brilliant array of musicians who specialize in 20-21st century music practices in composition/piano/improvisation or musicology and include the following outstanding musicians: George E. Lewis, Alvin Curran, Alcides Lanza, Pauline Oliveros, Aleck Karis, Anthony Davis, Muhal Richard Abrams, Julie Steinberg, Roscoe Mitchell, Frederic Rzewski, Louis-Phillippe Pelletier, Jon Rea, Natalie Pepin, Jann Pasler, Christian Wolff, Chaya Czernowin, Leslie Bassett and Boaz Sharon.
Dana Reason is currently the director of Popular Music Studies at Oregon State University in the School of Arts & Communication. The founder and artistic director of Between the Cracks Forum: music, sound & interactivity (2008-present); a cross-disciplinary initiative designed to foster contemporary and creative music performance and development in a rural town.