Text by Sohrab Saadat Ladjevardi
Dana Leong………”a musician in New York City who plays the cello and trombone. Rocks out. Lives good. Works harder.”
An Asian-American artist of Chinese and Japanese descent, Dana studied both classical cello and jazz trombone on double scholarships at Manhattan School of Music. As an official Yamaha artist, Dana gives clinics and workshops around the globe on the use of electronics with cello and trombone, and his unique genre-bending composition techniques.
Dana Leong doesn’t care about music genres. He just fuses hip-hop, jazz and electronics to create a genre less sound. Being often called the “hi-def Yo-Yo Ma,” Dana’s radical fusion of electronic music and ethereal jazz sensualities has earned him critical acclaim and excited audiences around the world. He has worked with top artists, such as Dafnis Prieto, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Wynton Marsalis, Yoko Ono, and Kanye West, to name a few.