Musician Dianna Davis began her career as a classical pianist and clarinetist but has since expanded into styles such as folk, Eastern European, jazz, and improvisation. After experiencing a gypsy band thrill an audience and move them to dance wildly to music, she knew that that's the kind of music she wanted to play.
An Indiana Arts Commission Grant winner, Dianna received her Masters of Music in clarinet performance from Indiana University, and she began teaching and playing in Indianapolis on the piano, clarinet, piano accordion, voice, and foot percussion. She was the Music Director at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Indianapolis for four years before moving on to teach at Ivy Tech Community College. A veteran of the Indianapolis music scene, Dianna has played with many groups including the Indianapolis Women's Chorus, Thin Air, the Emily Ann Thompson Band, the Indianapolis Ceili Band, and has sat in with many local classical, folk, and international music groups. Currently, Dianna plays with Troika, Baba Yaga's Stew, il Troubadore, Coffee Zombies, multiple local contra bands, and leads a gypsy jazz combo and jam session.
Dianna has studied with many musicians over the years including clarinet studies with Eli Eban at Indiana University, William King and Solomon Baer at Millikin University, and George Silfiies from the St. Louis Symphony. Dianna has studied the piano with Judith Mancinelli at Millikin University and Stephanie Owen in Lebanon, IL. Recently, Dianna studied at the revolutionary new accordion masterclasses led by Victor Prietro and Dallas Vietty and at the premier gypsy jazz festival, Django in June with Dallas Vietty and Antoine Girard - accordion player of the Parisian band Les Doigts de L'Homme. Previously, Dianna has traveled to Macedonia to study traditional Chalgiya music on the clarinet with the multi-instrumentalist Bajsa Arifovska and has also traveled to Ireland to study the piano accordion with Declan Payne at the historic South Sligo Summer School.
Troika - folk music from around the world to listen and dance to.
clarinet, piano accordion, piano, foot percussion, voice
For the past 18 years, Dianna has performed in many different venues, such as weddings, contra dances, choral concerts, orchestras, and festivals. She is also a private music teacher and an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College. She has edited a Clarinet Method Book and has served as a board member of Indy Contra Dance for three years. Dianna's many groups and solo performances encompass many different styles of music including improvisation, Irish, swing, folk, French-Canadian, classical, and more! Please click on contact to book a performance or to receive more information.
Past performances include:
Indianapolis International Festival Indianapolis Irish Festival Spirit and Place Festival (Indianapolis)