“Lyn and Sanna challenge our expectations and assumptions about Irish music [and] invite us to consider our perceptions of the natural world . . . and what it means when a voice in its grand chorus is no longer heard.” – Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter
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 use their music to examine environmental fragility with “The Coral Suite”: an evocative sequence of Irish tunes that mirrors the life cycles and natural processes that occur within coral reef ecosystems. With the rich vocabulary of Irish melody, and with light boxes and animated projections featuring Dana Lyn’s artwork, 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.
Tickets: $12 / $5 under 18
New York-based fiddler and composer Dana Lyn has worked and performed with a wide variety of artists such as Tony Award-winning musicians Stew and Heidi Rodewald; Irish poet Louis de Paor; actor-directors Ethan Hawke and Vincent D’Onofrio; performance artist Taylor Mac; avant cellist Hank Roberts; Grammy Award-winning vocalists Loudon Wainwright and Susan McKeown; the late great Scots fiddler Johnny Cunningham; D’Angelo and the Vanguard and the Elysian Fields, among others.
Kyle Sanna has collaborated with and performed alongside many of today’s greatest virtuosos (Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar, Meyer, Chris Thile); with some of the greatest living interpreters of Irish music (Seamus Egan, Kevin Burke, Martin Hayes), and with improvisers worldwide. Kyle Sanna has composed and arranged music for orchestra and soloist (for banjo pioneer Béla Fleck and for cellist Jan Vogler), for string quartet (for Swedish mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie Von Otter and for Irish fiddler Martin Hayes), and for cellist Yo-Yo Ma on two Grammy Award-winning albums: 2010’s “Songs of Joy and Peace” and 2016’s “Sing Me Home” with the Silk Road Ensemble.