He began his studies of Buddhism with Shohaku Okumura Roshi in 1994 and was ordained in 2013. He continues to practice and study under Okumura Roshi’s guidance and organize opportunities for zazen practice and dharma study in the Midway neighborhood of St. Paul. You can find more information on those activities at the Leaf of Grass Zen website.
In 2002 Doan relocated to Paris to study with François Rabbath. His work with Rabbath has been ongoing since then. Doan has received both diplomas awarded by the Rabbath Institute: the Teaching Diploma in 2009, and the Performance Diploma in 2015.
Doan founded the annual Twin Cities Bass Camp in 2013. He maintains an active teaching studio for bassists of all ages, styles, and experience levels in St. Paul, MN. He has also served as a faculty member for the Kansas City Bass Workshop.
Over the years Doan Roessler has collaborated with many extraordinary musicians, among them Nathan Hanson, Didier Petit, Dan Navarro, Peter Hennig, Anthony Cox, Denis Colin, Pablo Cueco, Erik Fratzke, Tony Hymas, Michael Zerang, Marc Anderson, Mirtha Pozzi, Jim Anton, Peter Leggett, Sowah Mensah, and Kip Jones.
Doan regularly performs in a duo with saxophonist Nathan Hanson and Fantastic Merlins. Both groups have released several recordings to critical acclaim and have performed throughout the United States and France. Some notable venues include the Atlantique Jazz Festival (Brest), L’Arrosoir (Chalon sur Saône), Lizieres, Angora (Paris), Elastic (Chicago), Dialect (Charlotte), Ajmi (Avignon), Sons d’Hiver (Paris), and Studio Z (St. Paul).
Doan has composed music for his own performance on solo bass and many others including choreographer Sarah Hauss, Fantastic Merlins, and the French documentary films Aller Simple and Hubert Nyssen – a livre ouvert.