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Dulberger is a bassist currently living and working in New York City. Her work is mostly known in the creative and experimental jazz genre. Since 2007 she has regularly worked with Bill Cole performing in New York City and at Syracuse University. She has recorded and performed with artists such as: Ras Moshe, William Parker, Chris Welcome, Daniel Carter, Stars Like Fleas, Walter Wright, and many others. She has performed in many festivals and series such as XFest (Lowell, MA), Rhythm in the Kitchen, KMB Jazz Festival, CMJ, "Brooklyn Next" BAM Festival, the Vision Festival, ABC No Rio's C.O.M.A., and Neues Kabarett's events at the Brecht Forum.

Dulberger's first album as a band leader, composer and producer is named "TheKillMeTrio" and was described "...as one of the stronger avant-jazz groups we’ve heard in some time." (Time Out New York) In 2007, in a review of TheKillMeTrio album "Jazz and Tzaz" wrote "The 23 year old New Yorker does not comply with the trendy model of women in Jazz". Bruce Lee Gallanter (DMG) wrote in a review for Ras Moshe's album Transcendence, "Acoustic bassist, Shayna Dulberger, is another important new musician to watch, she takes a number amazing solos on this disc that show her to be a new force to be reckoned with."  Shayna has been interviewed on Taran's Free Jazz Hour (Angers, France) and was invited by All About Jazz to participate in their "Listen Up!" Section.

Dulberger’s most recent album, The Basement Recordings is a solo recording consisting of loops that are rhythmically cryptic. This album is a break from the style she is most well known for. It is repetitious and mellow, not aggressive and chaotic like her work with the downtown NYC free jazz scene. It is a nontraditional solo upright bass recording. Although her main influences are Peter Kowald, William Parker, Kent Kessler, Joelle Leandre and other well known bassists, there is barely a hint of it here. Instead, she is influenced by the rhythmic elasticity and percussion of Southeast Asia, The Thai Elephant Orchestra for their sense of space and rhythm, and Throbbing Gristle for their experimentation with reverb and delay.

On this album,  Dulberger’s upright bass evokes the sound of other string and percussion instruments.“The Garden” sounds like a harp. “Yuko” (dedicated to poet Yuko Otomo) is reminiscent of the Japanese shamisen. You can hear wind float through glass vases on “The Swings”.  The Basement Recordings contain no jazzy bass solos, no experimenting with licks and virtuosity.  The focus is on space and meditation. For the New York City Jazz Record, Gordon Marshall wrote "No more than a patch of wilderness is The Basement Recordings uniformly beautiful and vibrant".

Dulberger was born in 1983 and raised in Mahopac, NY. She attended Manhattan School of Music's preparatory division during high school and graduated with a BM in Jazz at the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University.

 

Career Highlights
Tours and Festivals

•Shayna Dulberger Quintet October 29th, 2009 Roulette Manhattan, NY 7 compositions by
Dulberger performed by Jonathan Moritz Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Ben Gerstein Trombone,
Chris Welcome Guitar, Shayna Dulberger Upright Bass, Tomas Fujiwara Drums
•Vision Festival XIV June 10th, 2009
Abrons Art Center Main Stage 466 Grand Street Manhattan, NY
•Bill Cole’s Untempered Ensemble with Bill Cole double reeds, Joe Daley tuba, Shayna Dulberger
bass, Warren Smith drums,Atticus Cole percussion, Althea SullyCole vocals
•Vision Festival XIV June 12th, 2009
Abrons Art Center Main Stage 466 Grand Street Manhattan, NY
“The Ras Ensemble” Ras Moshe tenor sax, flute, Matt Lavelle trumpet, Dave Ross guitar, Shayna
Dulberger bass, Charles Downs drums
•Stars Like Fleas Tour September 10-22, 2008
(Rochester NY, Hamilton Ontario, Toronto Ontario, Brantford Ontario, Montreal Quebec, Ithaca
NY, Pittsburgh PA, Cleveland Heights OH, Chicago IL, Milwaukee WI, Davenport Iowa, Madison
WI, Grand Rapids MI, Oberlin OH)
•The Young Equestrians Tour August 12-17, 2008
(Pittsburgh PA, Detroit MI, Grand Rapid Michigan, Chicago IL, Columbus Ohio)
KMB Jazz festival June 8, 2008
(Brooklyn, NY) Performed with Ras Moshe Quartet.
•The 3rd annual Rhythm in the Kitchen' 2008 Festival March 28, 2008
(presented by Bob Kalin, William Hooker & The Hell's Kitchen Cultural Center): Fusebox: Dafna
Naphtali live audio processing/voice, Ras Moshe tenor saxophone, Shayna Dulberger bass
“•Brooklyn Next” BAM festival February 23, 2008
Performed at Goodbye Blue Monday with Ras Moshe, Dave Ross.
•Vision Festival XII June 19, 2007
William Parker's "Double Sunrise Over Neptune"

Curator/Producer

• Performance at the Stone Composed and arranged, August 24, 2008
(Shelley Burgon, monthly curator) three pieces “Long Pond Part I, II, III” to be performed by The
Young Equestrians with video projections of a large body of water. Collaborated video with Michael
Sternbach “Windows Have Eyes”

• “October Sixth Music and Art Show” Curated and produced 2007
An event for music and art at the 119 Gallery in Lowell, MA. Music: Set I Dilettante Andrew
Eisenberg (drums) Josh Jefferson (sax) Ryan McGuire (bass) Set II The E.R.A. Jonathan Moritz,
Marcus Cummins (saxes) Ryan Snow (trombone) Chris Welcome (guitar) Shayna Dulberger (bass)
Juan Pablo Carletti (drums) Set III Core Duo Walter Wright (sound, video) Joe Burgio (dance,
movement) Art: Bridget Clarke Photography, Josh Jefferson Collage, Josh Duensing Sculpture,
Cassie Raihl Sculpture

• Shayna Dulberger “TheKillMeTrio” Album Producer, 2006
Composed, rehearsed, designed album artwork.

• Improvised and Experimental Series Curator, January – August 2006
Every Thursday at Spoken Words in Brooklyn, NY. The series included all experimental forms
of music: Improvised music, Jazz, Free Jazz, Big Band, Blues, Noise, Avante Rock, Ambient,
Performance Art, Acapella Choir, and Modern Classical. Most evenings consisted of three sets
each a different ensemble.

Discography

2011 “Luz” Chris Welcome (Jonathan Moritz - soprano & tenor, Chris Welcome - guitar, Shayna Dulberger -
upright bass, John McLellan - drums) Empty Room Music

•2011 "The Basement Recordings" Shayna Dulberger (Shayna Dulberger - Upright Bass, Loop Pedal) Empty Room Music

•2011 "Untempered Ensemble" Bill Cole(Bill Cole - digeridoo, nagaswarm, sona, shenai, Warren Smith - multiple percussion, glockenspiel, Joe Daley - euphonium, tuba, Atticus Cole - hand drums, multiple percussion, Shayna Dulberger - upright bass, Ras Moshe - tenor saxophone, Althea SullyCole - vocals) Shadrack, Inc

•2009 “Refrain” Chris Welcome (Jonathan Moritz - soprano & tenor, Chris Welcome - guitar, Shayna Dulberger -
upright bass, John McLellan - drums) Empty Room Music

•2008 "Double Sunrise Over Neptune" William Parker (Lewis Barnes - trumpet, Rob Brown - alto sax, Bill
Cole - double reeds, Sabir Mateen - tenor sax, clarinet, Dave Sewelson - baritone sax, Jason
Kao Hwang - violin, Mazz Swift - violin, Jessica Pavone - viola, Shiau-Shu Yu - cello, Joe
Morris - guitar, banjo, Brahim Frigbane - oud, Sangeeta Bandyopadhyay - voice, Shayna
Dulberger - bass, Gerald Cleaver - drums, Hamid Drake - drums, William Parker - double reeds,
DOSON’ngoni, conductor) Aum Fidelity

•2008 “Beware of The Hurry Sickness” The Young Equestrians (Mikey Freedom Hart –
keyboards, electronics, other things, Chris Welcome – accordion, guitar, cello, Shayna Dulberger
– upright bass, Rich Levinson – drums) SR

•2008 “At the Stroke of Twelve” The Push-Pull Quartet (Ben Miller – alto & c melody sax, Chris
Welcome - guitar, Shayna Dulberger - upright bass, John McLellan – drums) Tigerasylum

•2008 “Introducing The E.R.A.” (Jonathan Moritz - soprano & tenor, Marcus Cummins – alto &
soprano sax, Ryan Snow – trombone, Chris Welcome - guitar, Shayna Dulberger - upright bass,
John McLellan – drums, Juan Pablo Carletti – drums) Empty Room Music

•2007 “Singular” (Daniel Carter – alto & tenor, Bb clarinet, flute and trumpet, Chris Welcome –
guitar, Shayna Dulberger – upright bass, John McLellan – drums) Empty Room Music

•2007 "The Chris Welcome Quartet" (Jonathan Moritz - soprano & tenor, Chris Welcome -
guitar, Shayna Dulberger - upright bass, John McLellan - drums) Tigerasylum

•2007 “Transcendence” (The Ras Ensemble: Ras Moshe – saxophones,percussion, flutes,
Dave Ross – guitar, Shayna Dulberger – upright bass, Rashid Bakr – drums) KMB Jazz

•2006 “Everything is Everything” (Daniel Carter – reeds and trumpet, Jeffrey Shurdut – guitar,
feedback, Chris Welcome – cello, Shayna Dulberger – upright bass) NO LABELS

•2006 “TheKillMeTrio” (Darius Jones – alto sax, Shayna Dulberger – upright bass, Jason Nazary
– drums) Dulberger

•2006 “People Get Rewarded For What I am Condemned For” (Jeff Shurdut – guitar, feedback,
Welf Dorr – sax, Chris Welcome – cello, Shayna Dulberger – upright bass) NO LABELS

•2006 “Live @ Goodbye Blue Monday” Tracks 1 and 5 (Mambo Mantis: Bonnie Kane – sax,
flute, efx, Blaise Siwula – reeds, Ray Sage – drums, Jordon Schranz – bass, Shayna Dulberger –
bass) W.O.O Music

•2006 “Wound Unwound and Within” (Chris Welcome – guitar, Shayna Dulberger – upright
bass, John McLellan - drums) Welcome

Compositions

“TheKillMeTrio” Shayna Dulberger 2006
Darius Jones – Alto Saxophone, Jason Nazary – Drums, Shayna Dulberger – Upright Bass
•When I think About You I Hate Myself
•Killher
•Myopia
•Lowed
•I Wish I Was
•Cookie Cutter (unreleased)
“Transcendence” The Ras Moshe Quartet 2007
Ras Moshe – Tenor Saxophone, Dave Ross – Guitar, Shayna Dulberger – Upright Bass, Rashid
Bakr - Drums
•Turtles All The Way Down
“Introducing The E.R.A.” The E.R.A. 2008
Jonathan Moritz - tenor sax, soprano sax, Marcus Cummins - alto sax, soprano sax, Ryan Snow –
trombone, Chris Welcome – guitar, Shayna Dulberger - upright bass, John McLellan – drums, Juan
Pablo Carletti - drums
•Hand of Seven
•Year of The Pig
The Young Equestrians Unreleased 2008
Mikey Hart-Organ, Keyboards, Electronics, Other Things, Chris Welcome-Accordian, Guitar, Cello
Shayna Dulberger-Bass, Rich Levinson-Drums
•Long Pond I
•Long Pond II
•Long Pond III

DOTS Graphic Scores Unreleased and Never performed 2008
•Movie I one part
•Movie 2 two parts
•Movie 3 three parts
•Movie 4 four parts

Shayna Dulberger Quintet Unreleased 2009
Jonathan Moritz Tenor & Soprano Saxophone, Ben Gerstein Trombone, Chris Welcome Guitar,
Shayna Dulberger Upright Bass, Tomas Fujiwara Drums
•Can’t You See
•Straw Wings
•Winter Song
•Surround

Core Collaborations and Ensembles

• Stars Like Fleas
• The Young Equestrians
• The E.R.A.
• Chris Welcome “Quartet”
• Dafna Naphtali’s Fusebox
• The Push Pull Quartet
• Ras Moshe
• Bill Cole

Freelancing

• Heaven Gallery, Chicago IL, performance "Snail Road House" by Eric Glick Rieman
A piece using graphic scores made in collaboration with snails. Eric Glick Rieman - prepared
Rhodes electric piano Fred Lonberg - Holm – cello, Shayna Dulberger – bass August 16t,h 2008

• Bill Cole's Untempered Ensemble
Syracuse University Performance April 19th, 2008
Neues Kabarett Performance April 25th (Bill Cole, Leader, Digeridoo, Chinese Sona, Shenai
Billy Bang, Violin Willim Parker, Acoustic Bass, Shenai Warren Smith, multiple percussion Joe
Daley, Baritone Horn, Tuba Atticus Cole, multiple percussion Shayna Dulberger, Acoustic Bass)
Performance made possible by the support of the New York State Music Fund, established by the
New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, and with public funds from
the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York State Council on the Arts

• William Parker’s Christmas Concert
The Nativity Church 44 2nd ave, December 16th 2007

• Syracuse University Performance and Masterclass with Professor Bill Cole October 12 2007

• “Camelot” Pit Orchestra, March 2007 Musical by Lerner and Loewe Phoenix production at the
Count Basie Theatre Red Bank, New Jersey

Owl Sounds with Thurston Moore November 20th 2006 performance at the Flywheel East
Hampton, MA

Radio

•WKCR Columbia Radio NYC “Live Constructions”
broadcasted a live performance and interview with host Charles Blass. Chris Welcome “Quartet”:
Jonathan Moritz tenor, soprano sax, Chris Welcome guitar, Shayna Dulberger bass, John
McLellan drums September 28th 2008
•WNYC David Garland’s “Spinning On Air”
Stars Like Fleas July 30th 2008
•WKCR Columbia Radio NYC “Live Constructions”
performance and interview with Ras Moshe ensemble June 22nd 2008
•Radio-G 101.5 FM Angers, France “Taran’s Free Jazz Hour”
Live interview and airing of recordings January 20th, 2007

Education

College

•Bachelor of Music in Upright Bass, Jazz Performance BFA 2005
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University of New Jersey – New Brunswick, New Jersey

High School

•Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division, 1999 - 2001
•Skidmore Jazz Festival, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, SUNY Purchase Jazz
Summer Music Program Prior to 2001

Teachers and Professors

•Mike Richmond, Paul Harris, Linda McKnight, Todd Coolman, Michael Goetz, Ralph Bowen,
Deborah Weisz, Stanley Cowell, Conrad Herwig, Brian Kershner, Matt Sullivan

Influences

•Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, Sun Ra, Booker Little, Sonny Rollins, Ken Vandermark,
Dave Douglas, Alban Berg, Iannis Xenakis, Karlheinz Stockhausen, Morton Feldman, Cornelius
Cardew, Charles Wuorinen, John Cage, Pierre Schaeffer


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