Award-winning musician and composer Dana Leong wants to take music a step further by exploring what gives music its healing powers. South China Morning Post talked about this in their feature on Dana. Here is a snippet of the interesting article:
Widely recognised as the world’s top electric cellist, Leong has been playing his futuristic sounds solo or with groups such as the Dana Leong Trio and band Milk & Jade, mixing classical and instrumental music with electronic music. There’s his other instrument too, the trombone. Mastering both a string and a wind instrument is rare but, as he says, they have one curious thing in common: “They are the only two instruments that read every type of sheet music from the bass clef to the treble clef.”
“Now, I’m looking to pare my musical interests down into two main areas; one is this philanthropic foundation called Tektonik, the other being a newer avenue with scientists, inventors and cutting-edge tech which will involve 3D projection artists, drones, brain scanners … you name it, all under my futuristic project called OEO – where I play solo onstage but collaborate in other ways.”
Dana Leong has been dubbed as the world’s top electric cellist and is known as the world’s top trombone player by members of the world renowned Balkan Beat Box.Dana’s distinctive sound encompasses multiple genres such as jazz, healing music, electronic dance and hip hop.
Being the musical genius that he is, Dana Leong has taught Jazz at Stanford University from the age of 16, won two Grammys in Latin Jazz for his collaboration with Paquito D’rivera, been a guest musical director for Fela on Broadway, has composed themes for international brands such as Hermès, Virgin Galactic, Porsche and Mont Blanc. He has even collaborated with Kanye West and Sean P. Diddy Combs in Hip-Hop, and with DJ A-Trak and DJ Qbert in EDM;
Dana Leong is also a leading innovator at the intersection of music, technology and wellness. He has performed healing music at the World Economic Forum’s closing ceremonies and is a composer on a ‘musicians against violence’ album produced by Harry Belafonte, serves as a U.S. Musical Ambassador and is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader.
Dana’s speaking topics include:
- Clearing Your Channel
- A New York Minute