Guitar | Oud | Percussion
Composer | Arranger | Educator
Daniel is a multi-discipline instrumentalist (guitar, oud, percussion), composer, arranger and educator based in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Due to his creativity, professionalism, and ability to collaborate, he is becoming more and more in demand.
Daniel is the founder and Director of Halifax’s premiere Middle Eastern chamber ensemble Nafas, in which he performs oud, and percussion. He also composes, and performs (guitar), regularly for flamenco music and dance companies Maria Osende Flamenco Co. and Compañia Azul.
As both a composer, and arranger, some achievements include composition, and arranging for Symphony Nova Scotia, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Victoria Symphony, and PEI Symphony. All concerts have had tremendous success, with rave reviews. Daniel has also performed guitar in concert with Symphony Nova Scotia, the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, and the Victoria Symphony. Additional concerts he has arranged for include Orchestral pops in the Celtic music genre for Acadian Celtic group Vishtèn (with Symphony Nova Scotia and PEISO), and an entire Atlantic Airwaves concert produced and recorded by CBC for singer-songwriter Ben Caplan, and ensemble in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
As an instructor, Daniel has been awarded the Teachers Gold Medal Award from the Royal Conservatory of Canada five consecutive years (2011-2015), for teaching Eastern Canada gold medal winners in the classical guitar examination competition. He is also a faculty member at The Fountain School of Performing Arts – Dalhousie University where he teaches Middle Eastern Music, and Acadia University. Daniel has also served as a faculty member at the NSCC Waterfront Campus where he taught the World Music Ensemble.
Specialized training includes Middle Eastern classical music (oud & dumbek), in which he has studied extensively with renowned musicians, as well as Indian classical music (pakhawaj in the style of Odissi), which he has studied intensively in India with Padma Charan Dehury. Daniel received his degree in music with a focus in composition from Acadia University where he studied with Derek Charke. Additionally, he has studied flamenco intensively with world class artists in Spain between 2007-2010 at the renowned flamenco school of dance and music Amor De Dios. As a working professional he has performed, and composes regularly for soloists, chamber ensembles, orchestra, percussion, dance accompaniment, voice, and has premiered a new music work for piano quintet. Additional background includes Classical, Improv, many styles in “World Music”, Jazz, Folk, and Blues.
Some musicians, and artists Daniel has collaborated with in performance, and in nearly all cases composition, or arranging as well include: Dinuk Wijeratne, Mohsen Sharifian, Maria Mezcle, Miguel Tellez, Norman Adams, Jennifer king and the Blue Engine String Quartet, Chris Mitchell, Indian classical dancer Josephine Nithya, Soprano Nicole Jordan, Maria Osende, David Romero, Nick Halley, and Compañia Azul.
In addition to performance, composition, and arranging, Daniel also teaches a wide variety of genres.