Dana Lyn, violin

Lyn, Dana

Brooklyn-based visual artist and composer Dana Lyn has collaborated with a wide variety of artists including Tony Award-winning songwriters Stew and Heidi Rodewald, actor-directors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio, performance artist Taylor Mac, cellist Hank Roberts and Natalie Merchant, and Irish poet Louis de Paor. She has received commissions from Brooklyn Rider, the National Arts Council of Ireland, the Apple Hill String Quartet, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, violist Nicholas Cords, A Far Cry, and Palaver Strings. She has made eight albums as a bandleader or co-bandleader and has written music for short films, New York Times’ audio stories and for dance. Her contributions to the Ken Burns documentary American Holocaust were called “sublime” by The Boston Globe. Dana was an artist-in-residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in the Spring of 2017, an awardee of the 2018 American Composers Forum Create Commission, a recipient of a 2020 NYFA Women’s Fund Award for Media, Music and Theater and a Sundance Composer Lab Fellow in 2021. Her radio play with De Paor received a Gold Award at the 2022 New York Festivals Radio Awards. Her recently released album “A Point on a Slow Curve (In-a-Circle Records)” is a suite of music for septet and four voices; “brilliantly capturing the rigours and abandon of creativity (A Closer Listen)”, it has been featured on WNYC’s New Sounds program and noted for it “singular expressionism, incorporating forms common to the modern jazz idiom alongside chamber, choir, folk, and avant-garde (Dave Sumner, The Bird is the Worm).”