Bassoonist Dana Jessen is a soloist, chamber musician, improviser and new music specialist. Dana is the founder of Splinter Reeds and has performed with the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, Ensemble Dal Niente, Anthony Braxton’s Tri-Centric Orchestra, and Callithumpian Consort, among others. Dana led the commission of ‘Rushes’, a composition for seven bassoons by Michael Gordon. In 2009, Dana created the New Music Bassoon Fund, an ongoing consortium commissioning podium dedicated to works for bassoon. Cantaloupe, RIOJA, Evil Rabbit, Oberlin Music and the New World record labels have release Dana’s work. Dana is currently the Director for Professional Development at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and has presented master classes and workshops at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of Michigan, San Francisco Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute, and University of California at Berkeley, among others.
Dana holds a MM in bassoon performance from the New England Conservatory of Music and a MM in improvisation from the Artez Hogeschool voor de Kunsten. She lived in Amsterdam as the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a Huygens Fellowship researching contemporary and improvised music.