Fiddler Dana Lyn and guitarist Kyle Sanna first met ten years ago at one of the many traditional Irish music sessions in New York City. They soon discovered a shared interest in classical, world and experimental music, as well as a deep admiration and respect for traditional Irish music. Lyn has a strong classical background, and Sanna, a background in jazz and composition; both are active participants in Brooklyn’s eclectic music scene, as arrangers, composers, players and improvisers. Their collaborative effort, “The Hare Said a Prayer to the Rainbow and Followed the Fox Down the Hole,” is reflective of their wide range of influences, from Bach to Tinariwen and from Art Lande to the Ex. Traditional tunes, original compositions and improvised intermezzi are woven together to create a musical narrative that is both child-like and sophisticated, and full of unexpected twists and turns.
Dana Lyn has performed at New York City’s Town and Carnegie Halls and has performed in headlining bands at the National Folk-life Festival, the Milwaukee Irish Music and Celtic Connections. She has recorded and toured with the Green Fields of America, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown, Compass recording artist Nuala Kennedy, the late Johnny Cunningham and Cherish the Ladies. She was also featured on ‘The Raw Bar’ and ‘Geanntrai’, two documentaries on traditional Irish music that aired on RTE 1 and TG4 in Ireland and has been a fiddle music instructor at the Catskills Irish Arts Week and the Augusta Heritage Center at Davis and Elkins College. Lyn has also had arrangements commissioned and performed by the Apple Hill String Quartet, the Brooklyn Rider and the National Army Strings.
Kyle Sanna has performed with some of today’s greatest virtuosos, including Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, and Chris Thile, as well as with veterans of New York’s downtown scene such as Matt Darriau, Erik Friedlander, and Satoshi Takeishi. Kyle Sanna’s arrangements appear on two recent Sony Classical releases by cellists: Jan Vogler performing Jimi Hendrix’s “Machine Gun” for cello and string orchestra, and two arrangements on Yo-Yo Ma’s Grammy-winning, “Songs of Joy and Peace”. His arrangements have been performed live by Korean pop superstar Rain, by Irish fiddler Martin Hayes and Brooklyn Rider on NPR’s Performance Today, and by Yo-Yo Ma on The Colbert Report.