Shayna Dunkelman is a musician, an improviser, and a percussionist based in Brooklyn, NY. Dunkelman is known for combining classical techniques with improvisation and using Xylosynth to access a sonic pallet not found in acoustic percussion.
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, while recording and performing with pioneers of avant-garde experimental musicians such as John Zorn Ikue Mori, and Zeena Parkins.
Dunkelmn is a member of bands Xiu Xiu, THE ADORABLES, and Phantom Orchard Orchestra playing an array of orchestral percussion and some electronics. Dunkelman also performed with electronic musicians and groups such as Dan Deacon, Drew Daniel (Matmos) Cibo Matto to name a few.
Dunkelman graduated from Mills College with a BA in music performance and mathematics.