10:00pm Friday 6/24/2016
Aqualude is an album by Mother Octopus, the five-headed musical stepchild of violinist-composer Dana Lyn. the inspired by Dana Lyn’s extra-musical fascination with the ocean and some of its more unusual inhabitants; the Aqualude album includes track art and also works as a soundtrack to a folk-like narrative that Lyn has written in place of liner notes. It was released in October 2013 via Ropeadope Records. Drawing upon a wide range of musical (and aquatic) influences, Lyn’s compositions flow with the easy give-and-take of a chamber group while also pulsing with the energy of a rock band. Fast-moving, angular lines contrasted with pensive thematic material, Mother Octopus takes its listeners on a journey through alternating musical structures of chaos and uneasy tranquility.
For this set in NMASS2016 violinist/composer Dana Lyn will perform in collaboration with guitarist Kyle Sanna (NY), percussionist Alon Ilsar (Syndey, Australia), Austin based cellist Henna Chou and Austin based clarinet player Ben Saffer.
Brooklyn-based Multi-instrumentalist and composer Dana Lyn is at home in multiple musical worlds, ranging from classical to folk, contemporary and improvisatory music. She has worked and performed with Grammy Award-winning vocalist Susan McKeown; Tony Award-winning musician and playwright Stew; Irish poet Louis de Paor; actor-director Ethan Hawke; performance artist Taylor Mac; D’Angelo and the Vanguard, Florence and the Machine, Will Oldham, and the Elysian Fields, among others. As a composer, Lyn has received commissions from the Brooklyn Rider, the Apple Hill String Quartet and the New Orchestra of Washington, and she leads a number of her own projects, including her quintet, Mother Octopus, and Slim Bone Head Volt, a spoken-word collaboration with actor Vincent D’Onofrio.