February 23rd, 2020 7pm Stage 3
Celebrating Rockwood Music Hall’s 15-Year Anniversary!
I am a self taught composer, guitarist, saxophonist, producer, sideman and band-leader. My own groups feature original music; Hollar General, viperHouse, the MC6, and Orchid each reflect different aspects of my writing. Magic City features arrangements of the songs of Sun Ra, Seven Deadly Sins focused on the music of Kurt Weill and I have also worked on the songs of Paul Bowles. As an arranger I worked most prominently on Hadestown in collaboration with Anais Mitchell with whom I have also done many tours. As a producer I have worked with Anais, David Moss, Iain Morrison, Adrian Roye, Round Mountain, Seth Eames, the Dupont Brothers, Maryse Smith and many others. I am music director for the dance program at Middlebury College and have lived and worked in Vermont for more than thirty years.
Brooklyn-based musician Dana Lyn has performed at New York’s Lincoln Center, Beacon Theater, the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall and Town Hall, as well as folk festivals and dive bars the world over. A violinist/fiddler, violist, pianist and enthusiastic bass player, she is at home in a wide range of musical genres and has worked with Tony Award-winning musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald, actor-directors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio, D’Angelo and the Vanguard, 2017 MacArthur Fellow Taylor Mac, Bruce Springsteen, the Elysian Fields, Irish poet Louis de Paor, Killer Mike and the Walkmen.
As a composer, she has received commissions from the Brooklyn Rider, the National Arts Council of Ireland, the Inception Orchestra, the Apple Hill String Quartet, the Portland Chamber Music Festival and the New Orchestra of Washington, among others. Her music has been performed at the Savannah Music Festival, the Kilkenny Arts Festival, the Bridgehampton and Portland Chamber Music Festivals, Austin’s NMASS, the Rockport Celtic Festival, Oberlin Conservatory, the Stillwater Music Festival and at Carnegie Hall. Her arrangements for fiddler Martin Hayes and the Brooklyn Rider were featured on WNYC’s New Sounds and she contributed string arrangements to Catherine Russell’s Grammy-nominated record “Alone Together” and Cherish the Ladies’ PBS special “An Irish Homecoming”, among others.
Lyn has also worked extensively in theater; she was cast as an onstage musician/actress in the Public Theater’s production of Hamlet (Shakespeare in the Park, 2008; dir. by Oskar Eustis), The Cherry Orchard and The Winter’s Tale (BAM, 2009; dir. by Sam Mendes), and Clive, an adaptation of Bertold Brecht’s play Baal, (The New Group, 2013; dir. by Ethan Hawke). In 2014, she was an onstage musician and the Musical Director of Family Album (OSF, dir. by Joanna Settle), by Stew and Heidi Rodewald. She is currently playing in the band of the Tony Award-winning musical, Hadestown. Dana is also a well-versed fiddle player in the Irish tradition; she was featured in two RTE documentaries about traditional Irish music, “The Raw Bar” and “Geanntrai”, and has toured with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown, the late great Scots fiddler Johnny Cunningham and The Green Fields of America.
Dana has released eight albums under her name, all of which she produced or co-produced. She has created album art for four of her albums and stop-motion animations in support of her music. Currently, her own projects include a sextet, “Mother Octopus“, a collaboration with actor Vincent D’Onofrio called Slim Bone Head Volt, and a duo with guitarist Kyle Sanna. She performs with Taylor Mac’s 24 Decades of Popular Music in 24 Hours and Holiday Sauce, with “Notes of a Native Song” by Stew and the Negro Problem and the Hank Roberts Sextet. Dana was an artist in residence at the Baryshnikov Arts Center in the Spring of 2017; most recently, she was a member of the Joe’s Pub Working Group and an awardee of the American Composers Forum Create Commission in 2018.
A native of Vermont, Morse spent some years in New York studying bass with John Patitucci and honing his composition chops at City College. Since then he's been performing and recording with a ton of innovative folks and genre benders like Taylor Haskins, Michael Chorney, the Dupont Brothers and many more. After establishing himself as a flexible and supportive sideman with artists from Anais Mitchell of Hadestown fame and Ray Vega to Arturo, Adam and Zack O'Farrill, Morse recently released his first recording as a leader with the Sound of Mind Medium Big Band. When not traveling or performing Rob works as a luthier in a small cello and bass shop in the hills of Vermont.