Dana Hall's Inner Dialogue: Sound and Semiosis (solo)
Saturday, September 23
Drummer, percussionist, composer, bandleader, educator, and ethnomusicologist DANA HALL has been an important musician in the international music scene since 1992, when he left aerospace engineering for a life in music. He will be performing a solo piece, INNER DIALOGUE: SOUNDS AND SEMIOSIS, at this year’s festival. Dana has played with such luminaries as Roy Hargrove, Joshua Redman, Horace Silver, Clark Terry, Maria Schneider, Jackie McLean, Mulgrew Miller, Marcus Belgrave, Joe Henderson, Curtis Fuller, and Charles McPherson. His debut CD, Into the Light, was released in 2009 to great critical acclaim. Former artistic director of the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Dana is an associate professor of jazz studies and ethnomusicology at DePaul University and the director of the DePaul jazz studies program. In addition to his active composing, travel, and university schedule, Dana leads his group Black Fire around town. Neil Tesser has noted that “even among modern drummers, Dana Hall stands out.” Howard Reich describes him as “viscerally exciting, intellectually formidable,” with a “seemingly bottomless well of ideas.” In June 2015, Dana premiered "The Hypocrisy of Justice: Sights and Sounds of the Black Metropolis: Riffin' and Signifyin(g) on Richard Wright's Native Son” at Symphony Center, receiving great acclaim for his powerful work.