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 Mette Rasmussen, Elaine De Kooning, and Cecil Taylor as inspiration, they continually seek to affirm the liberating power and strong ethical commitments of playing free.

Released in April of 2017, "blip" was Rousay's first public release as a solo artist. This album, released on cassette tape, quickly gained Rousay a dedicated following in the experimental music community. Shortly after this release, Rousay released "Anatomize" on the Kendra Steiner Editions label. Since then Rousay has worked with Hard Fun Records, Colour8 Records, Already Dead Tapes, and more.

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.

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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For all press purposes: Dane Rousay identifies as non-binary and uses they/them/their pronouns. Please use the "contact" tab if you have any questions.