Paris-born composer DANIEL WOHL draws on his background in electronic music to create pieces that “blur the line between electronic and acoustic instrumentation and seemingly melt both elements into a greater organic whole.” (WNYC) He has been called one of his generation’s “imaginative, skillful creators” (New York Times) with work that is ”provocative and surprising” (NPR) and “beautiful…original” (Pitchfork). In 2013 Daniel made his New Amsterdam Records debut with Corps Exquis, a multi-media, chamber and electronics project created in conjunction with the TRANSIT new music ensemble and a collective of New York-based video artists. The album, featuring guest appearances by Julia Holter, Aaron Roche and So Percussion, garnered widespread critical acclaim and was voted best album of 2013 by WNYC New Sounds listeners and included in NPR Music’s top 100 songs of 2013.
Over the past few years, Daniel has worked with ensembles such as the American Symphony Orchestra, Albany Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Symphony, the Calder Quartet, eighth blackbird, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, California EAR Unit, New York Youth Symphony, So Percussion, and has been featured on bills with electronic artists such as Dan Deacon, Laurel Halo, Lucky Dragons, Julia Holter, and Son Lux. His music has been heard at venues such as Carnegie Hall and Webster Hall, Dia Beacon, Cincinnati Contemporary Art Center, Mass MoCA, Disney Hall’s REDCAT, the Chelsea Art Museum, MoMA, Arsenal de Metz (France), Warhol Museum and on festivals including the MATA Festival, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Ecstatic Music Festival, Rome Film Festival, River to River, Gaudeamus (Netherlands), NordKlang (Switzerland), as well as over media outlets such as NPR, PBS, WQXR, CANAL +, TFI and FRANCE 2.
Recent and upcoming projects include a new string quartet with electronics commissioned by Donaueschinger Musiktage for the Calder Quartet; Holographic, a commission by the Bang on a Can All-Stars through their People’s Commissioning Fund; a score for the surrealist indie film Elixir, and Cycles, a full-length ballet score commissioned by Sonic Generator and the GLO ATL dance company; a teaching residency at So Percussion’s Summer Institute, and a film score for Tar, featuring Franco, Jessica Chastain and Mila Kunis.
Daniel’s work has received support from grants including Meet the Composer/Commissioning Music USA, the American Composers Forum / Jerome Foundation, C.A.P, the Barlow Endowment, MET Life Creative Connections, and the Brooklyn Arts Council as well as awards from the Finale National Composers Competition, the Society for New Music, four ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, Music Now, ASCAP Plus, NY Look & Listen, and Music IX among many others. Also active as an educator, he has taught courses in composition, orchestration, and theory at Sarah Lawrence College and at Yale and given masterclasses at NYU, Brooklyn College, Juilliard (evening division), and Amherst. Daniel holds degrees from the Yale School of Music, Bard College and the University of Michigan, studying with composers David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Joan Tower, Ingram Marshall, Aaron Kernis, Bright Sheng, and William Bolcom.
His music is published by G. Schirmer