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 Susan McKeown. Lyn and Sanna have brought their inventive arrangements and nuanced interpretations of traditional music to clubs, festival stages and concert halls throughout the US and Canada. They have taught workshops at the Old Songs Festival, the Catskills Irish Arts Festival, the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival, Wellesley College, the University of Eastern Carolina, West Virginia’s Augusta Heritage Center, and were 2015 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 called it “a deep musical work full of lavish, evocative textures” and Grammy-winning singer Susan McKeown called it “sublime”.
Dana Lyn has collaborated and performed with a wide range of artists including the Grammy Award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown, Tony-Award winning playwright Stew, Irish poet Louis de Paor, D’Angelo, the Brooklyn Rider, indie artists The Walkmen, Damien Rice and Will Oldham and noted actor-director Ethan Hawke. She was also featured on ‘The Raw Bar’ and ‘Geanntrai’, two documentaries on traditional Irish music that aired on national television in Ireland. Upcoming releases include a spoken word collaboration with the actor Vincent D’Onofrio and an album of traditional music arranged for string quintet, featuring the Apple Hill String Quartet.
Kyle Sanna has collaborated with and performed alongside many of today’s greatest virtuosos (Edgar Meyer, Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Theodosii Spassov); with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music (Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes), and with many veterans of New York’s downtown experimental scene. Kyle Sanna’s arrangements have been performed by Germany’s SWR Orchestra, guitar icon Kaki King, Korean pop-superstar Rain, cellist Jan Vogler (for Sony Classical), Irish fiddler Martin Hayes (NPR’s Performance Today), and Yo-Yo Ma (2010 Grammy-winning release for Sony Classical, performance on The Colbert Report). As a composer, Kyle Sanna has received commissions from Beta Collide, Brooklyn Rider, The Knights, and flutist Alex Sopp. His work has been performed at the Oregon Bach Festival, Art Basel Miami Beach, and the International Symposium on Electronic Art.