Biography

4696581

Danny Clay is a composer / sound artist / teaching artist / general noise-maker from Ohio, currently based in San Francisco. His work often incorporates musical games, open forms, found objects, archival media, toy instruments, classroom collaborations, graphic notation, digital errata, local history, and the everything-in-between.

Recent collaborators include Kronos Quartet, Sarah Cahill, Phyllis Chen, Third Coast Percussion, 

Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, Thingamajigs, Areon Flutes, Mobius Trio, the Living Earth Show, Friction Quartet, Nonsemble 6, MUSA Baroque, Anne Rainwater, Elevate Ensemble, the Trinity Alps Chamber Players, Americana Orchestra, Karl Fousek, Greg Gorlen, Joseph Edward Yonker, Quinn Walker, Wil Bolton, Stijn Hüwels, and Nobuto Suda. His work has been released on Hibernate Recordings, Unknown Tone Records, Eilean Records, Rural Colours, Heat Death Records, Futuresequence, Tessellate Recordings, and Turmeric Magnitudes.

As a teaching artist specializing in composition with elementary schoolers, he has worked with Little Opera, the San Francisco Opera, 826 Valencia, Thingamajigs, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC), and currently curates Project Object, a net-label of experimental music by kids.

 He also serves as a resident curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, a frequent host of Music from Other Minds on KALW radio, and occasional writer for I Care If You Listen blog and magazine.

Danny composed a new work based on one of the oldest musical themes preserved in Western music, the folia bass pattern.

The first two movements of Danny’s la folia showcases several aleatoric elements. The final movement is a pulsing, energetic moto perpetuo capturing the “madness” of the theme.

la folia was premiered at the Berkeley Festival & Exhibition in June 2014, with support from the Zellerbach Family Foundation.

http://www.dclaymusic.com