Noted by the LA Times for his “luxuriant theatricality”, Daniel is a sound artist who blends performance, composition, and installation. He is pursuing a DMA at California Institute of the Arts, where he studies composition with Nick Deyoe and piano with Vicki Ray.

Daniel’s recent performance on the pianoSpheres Emerging Artist series at Colburn School was praised by pianoSpheres core artist, Gloria Cheng as, “one of the most unique piano recitals [she’s] ever heard” and by San Francisco Classical Voice’s Josef Woodard, who describes Daniel as “an anomaly and semi-apostate,…[a] gifted and versatile player with fingers on assorted contemporary musical pulses.”

Daniel has released two albums: an echo that doesn’t rhyme – a concert/installation work for 7 bowed pianos played by 13 musicians, 4 percussionists, solo dancer, and light conducting system; and Lola’s Cookies – music for cassette-tape-based fixed media and acoustic instruments. His installation, Do you still want to go anywhere? Do you still think turning a wheel will help?, which involves a handmade waterwheel cyclically bowing an upright piano, was featured at CalArts’ Expo and WaveCave.

In addition to dance and installation, Daniel has written music for film (Obsession), theater (Managing Post~CORP(or)*%ate Styles), and animation (Deadline). Daniel’s concert music has been performed by Tony Arnold, Vicki Ray, Bergamot Quartet, Brightwork Ensemble, Andrew McIntosh, Clara Kim, Isaura Quartet, Vinny Golia, Erika Duke-Kirkpatrick, and Alison Bjorkedal among others. He is a member of (placeHolder) and has collaborated with artists including Natalie Cole, Jennifer Hudson, and Mary J. Blige.

Daniel was a Barbara Fellow at Dorland Mountain Arts Colony, director of CalArts’ Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, conducting scholar under Gerard Schwarz at Eastern Music Festival, conductor and composer for UnTwelve’s Xenharmonic Summer Convergence, chorus master for Santa Barbara Symphony, and regular guest conductor for Channel Islands Chamber Orchestra. He has taught at University of California Santa Barbara, Pepperdine University, Cal State University Channel Islands, California Lutheran University, Music Academy of the West.

Upcoming projects include a new version of an echo that doesn’t rhyme commissioned by HEAR NOW Festival, composition and sound design for Tatou Dede’s production of I WANT A COUNTRY by Andreas Flourakis, music director for El Misterio de Elche directed by Luna Izpisua Rodriguez, music director for Kate Soper’s HERE BE SIRENS, a commission from Collide-O-Scope Ensemble, and a permanent kinetic sound sculpture for composer Eve Beglarian.

DMA Performer-Composer @ CalArts (in progress)
MFA Performer-Composer @ CalArts, 2022
MM Sacred Music @ USC Thornton School of Music, 2017
BM Piano Performance @ USC Thornton School of Music, 2014