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Dana Reason


Dana Reason is a Canadian-born composer, musician, sound artist and music researcher. She was part of The Space Between trio with electronic music pioneer Pauline Oliveros; is documented on over 16 recordings, and has created music for film, theatre, and large and small ensembles.

As a pianist, she was part of the soundtrack for Within Our Gates and Body and Soul (music by Paul Miller) on Pioneers of African-American Cinema (Kino-2016) and the PBS documentary soundtrack – Birth of a Movement (2017).  In fall 2016, she toured with Paul Miller (aka DJ Spooky) and his Heart of a Forest project. As a performer, she has toured the U.S., Europe, Mexico and Canada. Her composition “Currents” for wind ensemble as well as her trio album “Angle of Vision” were both long listed for GRAMMY awards in 2014. Reason exhibited her first conceptual sculpture, UnHeard, at CEI Artworks in 2016. Her sound/art work “Folded Subjects: Olive Rose (2017), was part of an exhibit at McGill University in Montreal Canada. 

In 2018, Reason completed the feature film score “Back to God’s Country” (1919) for Kino Lorber as part of a new collection of films dedicated to early women directors in silent film. This film features the director/featured actor: Nell Shipman, and became one of the most famous silent films in Canada. Reason premiered the score with live accompaniment at BAM Cinematek Series in New York in July, 2018. 

Her research and writings are available at Wesleyan University Press, Columbia University Jazz Studies Online, 20th Century Music, and Musicworks Magazine. Reason holds a B.Mus (McGill University), MA in Composition (Mills College), and a PhD in  music (University of California, San Diego). 

She was the Founder and Director of Popular Music Studies at Oregon State University from 2011-2015 and is currently the Coordinator of Contemporary Music and Research at Oregon State University.     

Articles by Dana Reason:

NewMusicBox July 19 2018 | By Carrie Leigh Page and Dana Reason
Playing Like a Girl: The Problems with Reception of Women in Music

Any new music or new message has problems with reception, but women, in particular, have problems with reception in music.