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New York: Locrian Chamber Players & Jacqueline Horner Kwiatek

Locrian Chamber Players and Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek
New York, NY

Acclaimed vocalist Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek performs selections from Follow Her Voice, a recent set of songs based on Sappho’s fiery and iconic Fragment 31. Program also includes works by Aaron Jay Kernis, Schafer Mahoney, Caroline Shaw, Victoria Malawey and Mei-Fang Lin.

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 8pm (FREE)
Riverside Church
490 Riverside Drive, New York, NY


New Chamber Opera Based on Plays by Getrude Stein

Please stay tuned for the premiere of a new chamber opera based on several of Stein's never-produced plays from the 1920s. In early 2016, these new works will be produced as part of the Arts/Humanities Council of Canada's Radio Free Stein Project, which brings together a diverse range of musicians, writers and scholars to stage the work of Gertrude Stein.Please visit the Radio Free Stein site for more information and project updates:


San Francisco: July 16-19, 2015

Megan Nicely/Dance + Kate Elswit present "Breath Catalogue," a new contemporary dance work premiering at the Fort Mason Center for the Arts in San Francisco. Featuring choreography by Megan Nicely and Kate Elswit and music by Daniel Thomas Davis and Stephanie Griffin, in collaboration with interaction designer Ben Gimpert and set artist Terrance Graven.

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Southern Gothic

Chamber Opera World Premiere --- Spring 2015

The world premiere of Kith and Kin, a new chamber opera, featuring soprano Andrea Edith Moore with new texts written by seven widely acclaimed authors: Jeffery Beam, Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, Michael Malone, Frances Mayes, Lee Smith and Daniel Wallace. Akin to a collection of interrelated short stories, in which each writer contributed a scene, this new work for voices, actress and chamber orchestra will feature sets designed by photographer Elizabeth Matheson and from Burke-Campbell collection of American Folk Art Buildings. Hill Hall, Chapel Hill. Premieres on March 28, 2015.

Please visit Frank Statio's NPR interview with the artists:

And please visit the project site for more detailed information:!family-secrets/c12t9

"An American Tune" with ENSEMBLE X

Ithaca, NY --- February 1, 2015

Cornell University's ENSEMBLE X, directed by Xak Bjerken, perform Real Country, in a new version for strings, marimba, piano, and Hammond organ. Including works by Andy Akiho, Timo Andres, John Cage, Charles Ives and Tonia Ko.

The evening's performers include:
Clara Lyon, Martiros Shakhzadyan, violin
David Quiggle, viola
Hannah Collins, cello
Michael Compitello, marimba
Andrew Zhou, piano/organ

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Real Country - World Premiere

St. James Theatre, London --- November 14, 2014

London's acclaimed and adventurous Lontano Ensemble, under the baton of artistic director Odaline de la Martinez, present the world premiere of Real Country. Here is a description of the new piece:

"Growing up in the rural American South, I’d occasionally hear the phrase “real country” as a way of identifying people – sometimes even my people, sometimes even me. It didn’t so much as describe a person’s profession or place of residence but rather something more qualitative – a characteristic walk or stride, a peculiar taste in food or conversation, and above all else, a richly accented voice thick with dialect and diphthong. It was something inside the body that just happened to make its way out somehow.

It’s that something within the voice that prompted me to write Real Country. Although I’ve titled each movement after a particular old-time country or gospel singer, I’m not really aiming to imitate any of them here – nor do I lay claim to anything resembling an “authentic” or “real” country style. First and foremost, this piece is a purely instrumental response, prompted by my listening over and over again, to a handful of special singers, all the while wondering and imagining – what sort of music do these voices invite? What idiosyncrasies and ornaments might I excavate from these old, strange and weird worlds? And how might I reimagine them in my own musical landscape?

There are, to be sure, a number of tunes here, too – some traditional ballads, some my own creation, others that fall in between. Some might recall the high-lonesome lament of the Appalachian murder ballad, others the ecstatic hollering of low-church gospel, and yet others the syrupy lilt of old-time country’s jilted lovers. Throughout it all, I think of these melodies as places to wander – pathways and byways mostly – each one traveled and populated by the peculiar, sputtering, plain and joyful voices of this other country – my country."

Stateside + 2: Lontano

November 18, 2014

Cardiff Concerts present Lontano Ensemble and a diverse program that includes Daniel Thomas Davis' recent work Real Country.

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"An Encounter with Simone Weil"

Now Available on DVD

Julia Haslett’s award-winning film, which features an original score by Daniel Thomas Davis, is now available on DVD and for download. Praised as “heartbreaking and inspiring” by filmmaker Michael Moore, “An Encounter with Simone Weil” tells the story of French philosopher, activist, and mystic, Simone Weil (1909-1943) -- a woman Albert Camus described as "the only great spirit of our time."

For more information on ordering the film or to watch a trailer, please visit LineStreet Productions. For a discussion of the film and its score, check out the recent review in Film Threat.

Music from an Imaginary Landscape

November 24, 2013 - Baltimore, Maryland

“Music from an Imaginary Landscape” features the premiere performance of two musical compositions commissioned by the Walters Museum of Art in response to a mysterious, ancient Egyptian papyrus known as the “Book of the Faiyum.” One piece, by New-York composer Daniel Thomas Davis, reimagines the "Book of the Faiyum" as a musical guidebook to the imaginary landscapes of the ancient papyrus. The other world-premiere composition, written for the occasion by Baltimore composer Judah Adashi, recasts the City of Baltimore itself as a magical and mysterious terrain.

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