Raised in Texas and now Brooklyn Based, Jeanann Dara is a force in modern creation, collaboration and performance. She has developed her own sound with modern viola performance, improvisation and composition. Engaging sounds and manipulating the instrument with extended techniques, she pulls from her strong classical training and invites the listener to participate in the dynamic range from silence to noise and the anticipation in between. Jeanann received her undergraduate degree from The Juilliard School where she held the position as Viola teaching assistant and continued her education at New York University where she received her Masters degree in Multimedia Composition and New Media. Jeanann is a sought after violist, playing the works of numerous artists including work done for and with Jonny Greenwood of (Radiohead), MONO, Max Richter at The Sydney Opera House, Australia, Nora Jones, Joanna Newsom, Jon Brion, and joined Bjork on stage in support of her New York City multi show residency. She is also a violist in multiple performance ensembles including The Wordless Music Orchestra and Soloists, SEM Ensemble, Anthony Braxton’s Tri Centric Orchestra, , Anti Social Music and Manhattan Camerata. She created a live musical score to the Impossible Hour directed by Jorgen Leth with Simone and Amedeo Pace of Blonde Redhead, which premiered at San Damiano Mission. The same summer she was a chosen fellow to do interactive music and video research and performance with the Future Music Lab apart of Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville Maine, under the expertise of Mari Kimura. The Future Music Lab is a 4-week fellowship program with official collaboration with IRCAM (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) Paris.
Why PS @ NYU?
Performance Studies allows me to venture into the depth of what it means to be a performer in existence as well as in art.