The music of Luke Dahn has been performed throughout the United States and abroad, with performances given by groups such as the Moscow Conservatory Studio for New Music, Composers Inc., the NODUS Ensemble, the League of Chamber Players, the University of Iowa Center for New Music, and by saxophonist Kenneth Tse. Venues have included Carnegie Hall, Rachmaninoff Hall (Moscow), the Estonia Academy of Music (Tallinn), the Frankfurter KuenstlerKlub, Taipei University of the Arts, and the Miami ISCM Festival Series. Dahn has also been the recipient of several other recent awards including the 2014 J.D. Robb International Composition Prize, and several of his works are featured on Albany–label recordings. Dahn earned graduate degrees in composition from the University of Iowa and Western Michigan University. After serving eight years at Northwestern College (IA), Dahn joined the music faculty at the University of Utah in 2015. In addition, he is co–founder and co–artistic director of Ensemble Périphérie, and also serves on the Board of Directors of the League of Composers/ISCM.
Dahn’s recent research in music theory has focused on the Bach chorales. His new www.bach–chorales.com website, launched in the summer of 2017, provides numerous resources and articles on the chorales with the most up–to–date research. In November 2017, his paper on a 1762 recently–rediscovered manuscript of Bach chorales was presented at a conference in Lviv, Ukraine entitled "Ex Umbra in Solem" celebrating the work of Bach scholar Christoph Wolff.
Edges for large ensemble (0:00), Confessions of St. Augustine for sop, cl, pf (0:43), Like a Fantastic Ague for large ensemble (1:33), Penumbrae for cl, vn, va, vc, pf (2:49), Buffalo Dance for alto sax, pf (3:38), Downward Courses for pf (4:36), Calder Cadences for fl, cl, vn, vc, pf (5:26), Traces for pf (5:57), Edges (6:44), Threnody for cl, va, pf (7:48), Pentimenti for large ensemble (9:23), Penumbrae (10:22).
Pianist Viktor Valkov is performing my new chess–based piano piece Giuoco Piano on his spring 2019 recital tour (Utah, east coast, & Germany). Audio is now available here.
My work Threnody will be performed at the 2019 SCI National Conference at UNM in Albuquerque in March 2019.
Also in March 2018, I presented a paper entitled "Fifth Amendments: Editorial ’Corrections’ in the Early Bach Chorale Collections" at the Rocky Mountain Society for Music Theory annual meeting at the University of Arizona.
On February 18, 2015, a collaborative mini–concert event called the "Cruci Project" will take place at the Northwestern College Day of Learning in Community. For the project, which I conceived and organized, six composers and several poets were invited to compose short new works and write new poems based on the same set of prints depicting the Crucifixion by artist Eric Robinson. The compositions, all of which were written for flute, alto sax, and cello, include my own Davon kam der Tod so bald.
Penumbrae and Traces was performed on April 17, 2015 at West Virginia University. I have the honor of being guest composer for the week and of being able to work with the student composers at WVU.
Presentation in Ukraine
In November 2017, I will be giving a talk on an important newly–rediscovered early manuscript of Bach chorales (the "Fasch Collection") at a conference in Lviv, Ukraine celebrating the work of eminent Bach scholar Christoph Wolff.