New York-based multi-instrumentalist and composer Dana Lyn inhabits a musical world somewhere in the Venn diagram of 70's art rock, classical, traditional Irish and improvised music. She has worked and performed with a wide array of artists including vocalists Loudon Wainwright, Will Oldham, D’Angelo, and Susan McKeown; playwright/songwriters Stew and Heidi Rodewald; actor-directors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio; performance artist Taylor Mac; experimental musicians Billy Martin, Hank Roberts, and the Elysian Fields, among others.
Collaborating with artists such as these, Lyn added dozens of albums to her discography, along with performing at New York’s Carnegie and Town Halls, Jazz at Lincoln Center, and the Kennedy Center, as well as with headlining groups at NPR’s Mountain Stage, the National Folk Life Festival, Celtic Connections, Lotus World Music Festival, and beyond.
As a composer, Lyn has received commissions from the Brooklyn Rider, the Apple Hill String Quartet, the National Arts Council of Ireland, and the New Orchestra of Washington. Her string arrangements for fiddler Martin Hayes and the Brooklyn Rider have been featured on WNYC’s Fresh Sounds. Lyn is also a well-versed fiddle player in the Irish tradition and has recorded six albums under her own name.
Upcoming releases include the second installment of her spoken-word collaboration with actor Vincent D’Onofrio and her third duo record with guitarist Kyle Sanna.