Dana Jessen

Praised for her diverse talents, bassoonist Dana Jessen is active as a soloist, improviser, chamber musician, and new music specialist. Dana is the co-founder of Splinter Reeds, a San Francisco-based reed quintet, and has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Alarm Will Sound, Amsterdam’s DOEK Collective, and Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, among others. Her debut solo album Carve (Innova Recordings 2017) features newly commissioned works for bassoon and electronics alongside solo acoustic improvisations. The album has received celebrated reviews from the Chicago Reader, All About Jazz, and ATTN:Magazine, among others. Dana is currently based in Oberlin, Ohio, where she serves as Associate Professor of Contemporary Music and Improvisation at the Oberlin Conservatory as well as the Director of Professional Development.