Flutist, Pianist, Composer
Dominique Gagné is a Brooklyn-based flutist, pianist, composer who designs performances that energize audiences and expand imaginations. A prize-winner in the National Flute Association Jazz Soloist Competition, Dominique has performed in venues including Carnegie Hall, Symphony Space, Cornelia Street Café, the Iridium, Zinc Bar, SOB’s, Terraza 7, and Barbés.
Fueled by her world travels and open-minded curiosity, Dominique has performed with a diverse assortment of ensembles, including the Brazilian Samba band Casuarina, the Memo Acevedo Big Band, Spanglish Fly, and as a leader of her own quartet in Granollers, Spain. She has appeared with Arturo O’Farrill, Hermeto Pascoal, Hubert Laws, Rachel Therrien, Mark Levine, Anat Cohen, and in Misha Piatigorsky’s Covid-era ‘Daddy Rabbit’ speakeasy shows.
Fascinated by Collaboration
Fascinated with collaborating, her duo with 7-string guitar virtuoso Cesar Garabini is her primary focus at the moment. They are working on an album of Choro, Samba, and originals and have a monthly residency at Terraza 7 in Queens.
Additional projects include a duo with guitarist Q Morrow, accompanying jazz and Broadway singer Carol Daly, and playing with ‘Uncommon Sound’, a jazz/r&b/funk band led by accordionist Loïc ‘Cordeone’ da Silva. As a staff musician for Country Dance New York, she performs regularly in the English Country Dance and Contradance scene.
Dominique has premiered and conducted many of her compositions with the National Flute Association Jazz Flute Big Band, as well as the UK Northern Jazz Flute Big Band. She enjoys writing and arranging for everything from solo piano to Studio Jazz Orchestras. Her multi-media theater piece about her experiences as a volunteer during 9/11, called, “I May Have Seen Too Much”, is currently in development for the stage.
"Dominique Gagné is an outstanding flautist, musician, and creative entity. She plays with extraordinary flair and multi-cultural fluidity. Equally at home playing a choro, a guaguanco, a sonata, or even just blowing on the blues, she is a complete musician who understands the inner workings of each aesthetic."
Flute, Piano, Voice, Composition
I love helping students explore and express themselves fully through music. Over the past 20 years, I’ve honed my approach to helping people learn how to access their inner confidence, curiosity, and creativity. My students have ranged in age from 3 to 94 and in lessons, we focus on developing a solid technical foundation while also exploring improvisation, composition, and ear training.
Encouraging girls and women to play jazz and world music is a priority for me. A survivor of sexual harassment on stage, I fight for safe and welcoming working conditions for current and future generations of female improvising musicians.
- 92nd St Y Center for Arts Learning and Leadership: Teaching Artist in NYC public schools
- Little Orchestra Society
- Brooklyn Children’s Museum: early childhood Teaching Artist (world music for kids)
- Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance
- Vermont Jazz Center Summer Workshop
- University of Miami Preparatory Division
- Greenfield Community College
Student Performances at:
Face the Music at Kaufman Music Center
Rockwood Music Hall
Abrons Arts Center