Dani is an award-winning educator committed to developing his teaching practice in classrooms and through research. He has been an artist-in-residence leading clinics for universities and organizations across Canada, from the Northwest Territories to Newfoundland. He currently teaches music at the University of Toronto (improvisation theory, ensemble, saxophone, and guest lectures), where students have twice nominated him for teaching awards. On the Canadian east coast, in addition to having served on faculties of the Creative Music Workshop (interdisciplinary ensembles, spontaneous composition) and Acadia University (saxophone, improvisation), Dani has led and co-facilitated diverse community-building arts projects:

  • Giving voice to homeless youths’ health concerns (SSHRC-Dalhousie University) 2008
  • Celebrating Canada’s oldest Black communities, in Preston (Artsmarts, Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia) 2006
  • Connecting elders and youth in a Nova Scotian fishing village: Sambro (ArtSmarts, Four C’s Foundation) 2005
  • Interactive instrument-building installations (Art Gallery of Nova Scotia) 2004-2007
  • Interactive children’s puppet shows (Halifax Region Public Libraries) 2004-2007
  • Exploring Francophone music traditions at a Francophone school (Alliance Française, Canadian Parents for French) 2004
  • Violence and suicide prevention for at-risk communities (The RCMP, Youth Against Violence International Workshop) 1997

Daniel frequently works with renowned and influential pedagogues: Jerry Granelli (Hochshule für Musik Berlin, Creative Music Workshop), David Tronzo (Berklee), Julian Priester (Cornish), Jay Clayton (Peabody), Susanne Chui (Mocean Dance), Shauntay Grant (Dalhousie), Dave Douglas (Banff), Mike Murley (U of T), Nasim Niknafs (U of T), J Granelli (SIM), Jim Lewis (U of T), Don Palmer (Dalhousie), Pamela Beach (Queen’s), Chase Sanborn (U of T), Sageev Oore (Saint Mary’s, Google), Christine Duncan (U of T), Michael Blake (New School), Paul Fowler (Naropa)…

A recipient of numerous grants, artist residencies, and academic distinctions (e.g. Canada Council for the Arts, The Banff Centre for the Arts, University Medal), Daniel was awarded a top-ranking Joseph Armand Bombardier SSHRC fellowship to pursue his doctorate in music at the University of Toronto, where he works closely with Christos Hatzis, Jim Lewis, and Mike Murley. His dissertation explores spatiotemporality in African-American musics. He is also currently conducting a multi-year research study examining the pedagogy of spontaneous composition (‘free improvisation’). He was a guest presenter at the University of Toronto’s Graduate Music Education Colloquium.

Research links to come…