Originally from Wisconsin, Daniel moved to Kansas City in 2014 to continue his career playing bass, percussion and writing music. Growing up in a musical household, Daniel was encouraged in music from an early age by his mother who sang opera and taught voice.
He began studying theory and piano in elementary school before moving his focus to bass andpercussion in middle school. Daniel says that one of the things he has enjoyed most about music from and early age is...
"Getting a chance to play and understand as many instruments as I can get my hands on."
Daniel earned his Bachelors Degree in Bass Performance from Minnesota State University Mankato and his Masters Degree from the Conservatory at University of Kansas City Missouri.
While studying he worked with the Mankato Symphony Orchestra, South Dakota Area Chamber Orchestra, The Minnesota River Valley Wind Ensemble and the Greater Kansas City Philharmonia. In addition to performing in a wide variety of classical ensembles, Daniel is also well versed in contemporary musics. His credits include tunes featuring the styles of Swing, Be-Bop, Funk, R&B, Blues, Salsa, Hip-Hop, and several others.
His direct mentors from the University of Kansas City Missouri included Bob Bowman, Gerald Spaits, and Steven Davis. While earning his Masters of Arts in jazz he also worked frequently with the UMKC Stringbass Ensemble, and with several chamber wind ensembles.
When asked who, and what his favorite artists and styles are he is quick to respond with a long list of both groups, and bass players. Many of the groups span a wide history but he says he enjoys looking to funk, jazz, hip-hop, and salsa bands. When asked why he says...
"I love these styles of music because they are a study in groove. Most popular music today doesn't groove at all. The majority of pop music today is straight eighth feel, and as a result, a lot of young musicians don't know how to swing or sit deep in the pocket. Music is about all the musicians working together to create something bigger then themselves."
When asked about his influences specifically on Upright Bass he responds...
"There are too many to name, and I'm always finding new players too. I go through phases of listening to different bassists and try to learn something new each time I sit down to listen. The four bassists I find myself listening to the most are Paul Chambers, Ron Carter, Ray Brown, and Charlie Haden. Each of them has played as a sideman and band leader on so many recordings that its easy to get lost in the fun."
While talking about his hopes for making music in Kansas City Daniel talks about the great opportunities he has had playing in local clubs with friends, working as a clinician with various schools, and playing with ensembles like the Mundo Nouvo. He also talks about the music that he is writing for a CD to be released soon. The CD is going to be collection of original material that he has been working on featuring friends from the Kansas City scene. The album features several styles including Funk, Blues, Be-Bop, Ballads, and others. Keep checking back for more information.
When asked about the work he does teaching in the Kansas City area, Daniel mentions that...
"Im always looking for new opportunities to help people enjoy music while improving their understanding at the same time. Music has always been a great passion in my life and in most cases I'm learning from my students too. Just like performing, studying is a give and take process."
Daniel is currently seeking students interested in Bass, Percussion, and Theory.
If you are interested in learning more about music, taking lessons, or setting up clinics with Daniel, he asks that you please send him an Email at firstname.lastname@example.org.