“[M]akes the idea of a fully “percussion” album less avant-garde-y and more accessible than it probably has any right to be." -Cassette Gods
Dane Rousay is a Canadian-American improvisor, drummer, and curator based in San Antonio, Texas. Drawn to improvisation by a desire to free their percussion practice from the constraints of conventional timekeeping, Rousay explores the emotional overlap of rhythm, speed, and texture as both a soloist and participant in creative partnerships that span North America. Drawing liberatory power and ethical commitment from queer theory, Rousay's improvisational style employs a critique of the relationship between masculinity and percussion.
Since entering the improvising community, Rousay has toured extensively across North America, booking 220 dates in 2017 alone. Their travels have found them performing with a range of collaborators, including Tom Carter, Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten, Michael Foster, Jacob Wick, and Brandon Lopez. This summer we saw Rousay hitting the road multiple times for solo and ensemble appearances at the Sonic Transmissions Festival, NMASS Fest, and the Already Dead Tapes Family Reunion Fest. Support from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts has allowed Rousay to confirm their participation in the Queer Trash 2018 Symposium at ISSUE Project Room.
Rousay also curates Contemporary Whatever, a monthly series for adventurous art in San Antonio; they also collaborated with Artpace to produce the inaugural Right Now Festival in August 2017, which brought experimental and improvising performers to town from across Texas.
Rousay has also released a steady stream of solo recordings on labels including Already Dead Tapes, Kendra Steiner Editions, Hard Fun in the US and Colour8 in the UK, as well as their own Rat Tail Tapes label.
Dane Rousay proudly endorses Reverie Drums. Dane regularly plays on variations of a Reverie Venue Series, 6 ply maple drum kit.