Born and raised in Tokyo Japan, Shayna Dunkelman is a musician, an improviser, and a percussionist based in Brooklyn, NY. Dunkelman the founding member of theretro-future band Peptalk and played in the band Xiu Xiu for 6 years. Dunkelman’s musical activities span a wide spectrum. She has performed classical and contemporary pieces with numerous contemporary music ensembles such as the William Winant Percussion Group and the Wordless Music Orchestra, and has recorded/performed with pioneers of avant-garde experimental musicians such as John Zorn, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore and many others.
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Shayna Dunkelman is a musician, an improviser, and a percussionist based in Brooklyn, NY.
Dunkelman is known for her versatile and unique techniques, and her use of a electronics to access a sonic pallet not found in acoustic percussion.
Dunkelman is the founding member of the retro-future electronic band Peptalk with Michael Carter and Angelica Negron based in Brooklyn, NYC. She was also a member of the world touring band Xiu Xiu for 6 years. As part of Xiu Xiu, Dunkelman premiered a multi-media performance art piece at the International Summer Festival in Hamburg, Germany (2013) and Donaufestival in Krems, Austria (2014). Their latest collaboration saw them paired with conceptual artist Danh Vo on a month-long performative gallery exhibition at the Kitchen in New York City in October of 2014 with support from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and other generous contributions. One of Xiu Xiu's latest achievements include the release of the cover album Xiu Xiu plays the music of Twin Peaks, which was made possible by the cooperation of the Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane Australia. Later the band was invited by David Lynch himself to share the stage with Angelo Badalamenti, the composer of the soundtrack for the TV show Twin Peaks at the Festival Disruption curated by Mr. Lynch to benefit transcendental meditation.
As a composer. Dunkelman has collaborated with choreographer Amanda Pina to present work at the Presidential Palace of Austria as part of the opening ceremony of ImpulsTanz with the presence of President Heinz Fischer. For this performance, she was awarded a grant from Foundation of Contemporary Arts in NYC. Since then, Dunkelman and Ms. Pina collaborated on several pieces and toured them internationally.
Dunkelman has also performed classical and contemporary pieces with numerous contemporary music ensembles such as the William Winant Percussion Group and the Wordless Music Orchestra while recording and performing with pioneers of avant-garde experimental musicians such as John Zorn, Yoko Ono, Thurston Moore, Zeena Parkins, She also improvised with noted electronic musicians such as Dan Deacon and Drew Daniel (Matmos) to name a few. Past collaborations include bands Zeena and the Adorables, Cibo Matto, Phantom Orchard Orchestra, Glasser, Emily Wells and Mute Socialite to name a few.
Dunkelman graduated with honors in both music and mathematics from Mills College in Oakland, CA in 2007, where she studied percussion with William Winant. Born and raised in Tokyo, Japan to an Indonesian mother and an American father, Dunkelman learned to be a multi-instrumentalist, and performed alongside her mother, a musician and composer active in Asia and the Middle East.