Artist: Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna
Hailed as “ground-breaking” by noted folklorist and NEA Award-recipient Mick Moloney and “bursting with creativity” by renowned fiddler Kevin Burke, Dana Lyn and Kyle Sanna connect the dots between their experience as composers and improvisers in New York City’s rich musical community and their deep admiration for traditional Irish music. The duo has collaborated with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music, including Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Cillian Vallely, Kevin Burke, and Mick McAuley.
Lyn and Sanna have brought their inventive arrangements and nuanced interpretations of traditional music to clubs, festival stages and concert halls throughout the U.S. and Canada. They have taught workshops at the Old Songs Festival, the Catskills Irish Arts Festival, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Wellesley College, West Virginia’s Augusta Heritage Center, Traditional Arts in upstate New York, and since 2015 have been residents at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute in Boscawen, NH.
Their second album, “The Great Arc,” is inspired by and concerned with extinct and endangered animal species. The Irish Echo hailed it as “a deep musical work full of lavish, evocative textures” and the Dublin-based Grammy-winning singer Susan McKeown called it “sublime”.
In April 2018, Dana Lyn & Kyle Sanna will release their third album. Picking up where “The Great Arc” left off, Lyn and Sanna continue their investigation of environmental fragility with an evocative suite of music that mirrors the life cycles and natural processes that occur within the ecosystem of a coral reef. Using light boxes, projections, and the rich vocabulary of Irish melody, Lyn and Sanna create an audiovisual poem for the reef, paying tribute to its miraculous biodiversity while calling attention to the urgent need for its protection.
- Brooklyn, NY
- The Coral SuiteThe Great ArcThe Hare Said a Prayer to the Rainbow and Followed the Fox Down the Hole
Artists-in-residence at the Avaloch Farm Music Institute, 2015-17