Dane Rousay

Dane Rousay is a Canadian-American improvisor, composer, 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 the United States. Citing artists like Luis Arturo Aguirre, Elaine De Kooning, and Cecil Taylor as inspiration, they continually seek to affirm the liberating power and strong ethical commitments of playing free.

Since entering the improvising community in 2016, 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 Parham Daghighi, Brandon Lopez, Tom Carter, and Ingebrigt Haker-Flaten. This summer will see Rousay hitting the road multiple times with Brandon Lopez, Jacob Wick and Michael Foster as well as ensemble appearances at the Sonic Transmissions and NMASS festivals in Austin.

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 Kendra Steiner Editions and Hard Fun in the US and Colour8 in the UK, as well as their own Rat Tail Tapes label. Their output ranges from the extended-technique kit explorations of “blip” and “Anatomize” to “of SIRI”’s MIDI orchestrations and the EAI of “IMP/ENV”. Their most recent release, Divide, is was released on Already Dead Tapes on April 20th.

Dane Rousay has received glowing reviews of their debut album "blip" on Cassette Gods and Aux Out as well as heavy radio play on WFMU in July and August of 2017. Rousay also was given positive feedback on "Anatomize" from Vital Weekly and Blog to Comm. Taking improvisational elements and composing an electronic concept album "of SIRI", Rousay received praise from Tiny Mix Tapes as well as Chief and the Doomsday Device.

"Rousay’s playing is considered and resourceful, and it’s clear ... ideas well worth the attention of those with even a passing interest in percussive arrangement."

- Cassette Gods


"Rousay is an experimental drummer by trade, and of SIRI spurts forth like digital orange milk, wonderfully seeping into the circuits and curdling around the anodes and diodes. There’s jazz flecks in that soup."

- Tiny Mix Tapes


"Dane Rousay is a most promising player and if you are anywhere near... set up a duet or whatever and let's play!"

- Vital Weekly


The opening track “blade”, while adventurous and experimental, isn’t overwhelming. Quite the opposite is true actually – it’s a restrained, albeit compelling effort, which highlights sonic experience over a virtuoso performance.

- Can You Ear It (U.K.)

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