Dana Reason: Torque Songs
Portland Metro Arts – Saturday, August 17 – 4:10 p.m.
Dana Reason: Torque Songs (Myth of Absence)
A new song cycle that uses A.I. to generate textual, sonic and visual mashups created from letters/poems/autobiographies of the forgotten voices of female (or female identified) artists/mothers/creatives.
Dana Reason is a Canadian-born composer, sound/recording artist, and musicologist. Reason creates music for film, large and small ensembles, and with fixed media. She has performed with seminal artists including Cecil Taylor, Roscoe Mitchell, George E. Lewis, Tim Berne, Fred Frith, Joelle Leandre, DJ Spooky, Joe McPhee, and Pauline Oliveros. Reason premiered her feature film score Back to God’s Country (Kino-Lorber) at BAM in 2018. Her wind ensemble Currents, as well as her album Angle of Vision, were long listed for nomination in 3 separate categories for GRAMMY awards in 2014. More recently, Reason was musical arranger on Henry Louis Gates’ PBS series Reconstruction: America After the Civil War (2019). Reason is the Coordinator of Contemporary Music and Research Oregon State University.
Lineup: Dana Reason, composer/piano/computer/fixed media; AJ Layague, text setting; Paris Myers, animation/live visual artist; Holland Andrews, voice; Alissa DeRubeis, synth/computer; Mike Nord, guitar/electronics; John Savage, flute/reeds; Todd Sickafoose, bass; James West, drums/percussion; Paula Josa Jones: choreographer/dancer (images and video from her work: Fluid)
Dana Reason – compositions/piano/computer/fixed media
AJ Layague – text setting
Paris Myers – animation/live visual artist
Holland Andrews – voice
Alissa DeRubeis – synth/computer
Mike Nord – guitar/electronics
John Savage – flute/reeds
Todd Sickafoose – bass
James West – drums/percussion
Paula Josa Jones: choreography/dance (images and video from her work: Fluid)