Piano phenom Dana Reason sets off on amulti-city tour with The Dana Reason Trio beginning at The Old Church in Portland, Oregon July 21st.
Wild Rose Artists is pleased to present a tour by The Dana Reason Trio, featuring renowned contrabassist Glen Moore of the band 'Oregon', and Canadian drummer Peter Valsamis.
Corvallis, OR (Wild Rose Artists) June 15, 2010
Experiencing Dana Reason in concert is an immersion in resplendent harmonics and melodic language driven by her prodigious touch. Music is Reason's first language, and she communicates to her audience with effortless and impeccable sensitivity, creating a breathtaking visual and auditory feast.
Dana Reason is a Canadian-born pianist/composer currently splitting her time between teaching at Oregon State University, composing, and touring with the Dana Reason Trio (Dana Reason, Glen Moore, and Peter Valsamis), embarking on a multi-city tour beginning July 21 in the Pacific Northwest.
The Dana Reason Trio will be performing pieces from her recent release, Revealed, with a special presentation of new material from her Angle of Vision project.
Revealed, recorded in Montreal in 2005, was to be Reason's first release as a leader, but the label unexpectedly vanished and the masters were lost to her for five years. Reason turned this devastating loss into a triumph of musical and personal growth and transformation. The recordings for Revealed were recovered and released in November 2009, and Reason was signed onto a new recording contract with the independent Oregon label, Wild Rose Artists to promote Revealed, and capture Reason's new material for Angle of Vision, due for release this Fall.
As noted in recent reviews, the release of Revealed put Reason in league with Jacky Terrasson, John Medeski, Vijay Iyer, and Satoko Fujii, as well as Canadian pianist/composers Jon Ballantyne and D.D. Jackson. Recent concert-goers have compared Reason's talent with piano-great, Keith Jarrett.
The venue selections for this tour were made specifically for their special acoustic properties and outstanding pianos, so seating is limited. Tickets may be purchased online in advance from Brown Paper Tickets (
July 21: Portland, OR. Venue: The Old Church. 7:30 PM ($15, $20, $28)
July 22: Olympia, WA. Venue: The United Churches of Olympia. 7:30 PM ($15, $20, $28)
July 23: Seattle (Kenmore), WA. Venue: Bastyr University Chapel. 7:30 PM ($15, $20, $28)
July 24: Bellingham WA. Venue: The Amadeus Project. 7:30 PM ($20, $25, $33)
Praise for The Dana Reason Trio's recent release, Revealed:
"Dana Reason can play. This jazz album's opening track, 'Transition', seems to delight in teetering on the edge of rhythmic and melodic chaos; the classically-trained pianist and composer attacks the piano with playful bite and vigor, never fearing to employ tasty dissonance or explosive runs when they serve her improvisations. With chops and creativity that bring to mind Jacky Terrasson, John Medeski, Vijay Iyer, and Satoko Fujii, Dana is a formidable talent."
-Michael Gallant - Keyboard Magazine
Dana Reason began playing piano at the age of three. She is a unique artist and one of the few pianists able to seamlessly intertwine pure mastery of classical, jazz, American music and the avant-garde on the concert stage. She has been featured on NPR, the CBC and Radio Canada and has performed on some of the major international concert stages throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. She has performed with many of today's jazz masters including George E. Lewis, Cecil Taylor, Joelle Leandre, Barre Philips, Dominic Duval, and Joe McPhee.
Glen Moore is a jazz bassist and founding member of the group "Oregon" with Ralph Towner, Paul McCandless and Collin Walcott. In 1999, he completed work on the group's 23rd album called, Oregon In Moscow, which features his bass playing and compositions with the Moscow Tchaikovsky Symphony Orchestra. He has toured Eastern and Western Europe, Northern Africa, India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Australia and throughout the United States in major clubs, concert halls and festivals with that band. His formal bass instruction started after college with Jerome Magil in Portland, James Harnett in Seattle, Gary Karr in New York, Plough Christenson in Copenhagen, Ludwig Streicher in Vienna and Francois Rabbath in Hawaii. Moore has worked with many great jazz artists including pianists Paul Bley, Larry Karush, Jan Hammer, Bill Evans, and John Taylor; saxophonists, Zoot Sims, Benny Wallace, Lew Tabakin, Sonny Fortune, Nick Brignola, Rob Scheps, Charlie Mariano and Michael Brecker; flutist Jeremy Steig; violinists Stuff Smith, Zbigniew Seifert, Rob Thomas, Hollis Taylor and Jim Nolet; vibraphonists Gary Burton and Michael Mainieri; drummers Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Beaver Harris, Peter LaRoca and Jimmy Cobb, Barrie Altschul, Elliot Zigmund; bassists Anthony Cox, Charlie Haden, Gary Peacock, Dave Holland, Jamie Faunt, Steve Swallow, David Friesen, Mark Dresser and Barre Phillips; and tap dancer Peg Leg Bates.
Canadian-born drummer Peter Valsamis has collaborated on a variety of projects with Dana Reason over many years. Valsamis has presented his music to concert audiences in Europe, Asia and North America, performing with Steve Lacy, Cecil Taylor, Marco Eneidi and Lisle Ellis. Peter is also an accomplished dumbek player, performing frequently with various Middle Eastern ensembles in the bay area and Los Angeles. Valsamis' studio endeavors include soundtracks for films, music production and engineering. Valsamis received his M.F.A. in Electronic Music and Recording Media from Mills College.
Dana has released new video from her CD release concert to YouTube and the Wild Rose Artists website (links are included below). A full-length concert DVD featuring special guests New York bassist Dominic Duval, and Portland drummer Tim DuRoche will be a bonus disc included in the Angle of Vision CD due for release in September of this year.
Music Samples on Youtube:
God Bless the Child
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