Daniel Harris Music: New Music for New Listeners
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Bio, Influences and What I Do

  Daniel Harris, Bass Clarinet & Eric Noel, Flames  Perform Alex Grillo's METAFLAM, Dormans, France Sept 3, 2008

What Daniel Harris Does

Daniel Harris Composer, Clarinetist, Saxophonist, Synth & MAX/MSP/Jitter  programmer. Designer of video interfaces, transducers, custom audio engineering devices & techniques. Specializes in solo performances with interactive electronics. Bass clarinetist, improviser, composer, programmer, master teacher and mentor have been his roles.

Has worked with Michel Redolfi designing and building underwater instruments, subaquatic audio mixers, etc for Michel Redolfi's underwater concerts.

Daniel Harris has composed operas, chamber music, concertos, band and orchestra music. Performs with several acoustic improvisational ensembles, Trio Rare (piano, vibes, bass clarinet), Vibrone (vibes & bass clarinet), Tango Band, Navigation and various casual ensembles. Acclaimed solo performer with interactive real-time systems.

Studio Instrumental:  Pascal Gobin, Guitar; Alex Grillo, Percussion; Michel Pascal, Keyboards (not pictured); Guest  Performer: Daniel Harris, Reeds with Electronic Extensions

Maureen E. MulvihillĀ  (Mrs Harris)

Daniel Harris Testing MAX/Jitter programs, Michel Redolfi's Liquid Cities, Venice Music Biennale, 2006


Daniel Harris was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from The Eastman School of Music and Yale University. His principal clarinet teachers have been Jerome Stowell, Stanley Hasty, & Keith Wilson. His composition teachers include Mel Powell, Hall Overton &  Steve Reich.  Mr. Harris has spent over thirty years as an orchestral clarinetist and freelance woodwind performer. For thirteen years he was the Director of the Electronic Music Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and professor in the areas of Composition and New Music performance. Since that time, in addition to his composition and performing activities, he has been employed at Sync Sound in New York City. Mr. Harris is the composer of over fifty works in all genres. He specializes in live electronic works and interactive theatrical systems. His large multi-media theater works, Visions, Windows,The Tropes  and Ritagli, all received high critical acclaim. A television version of Visions was shown as a PBS special. In 1989 he was artist-in-residence at the Centre International de Recherche Musicale in Nice, France. While there, he developed special underwater sound systems and music instruments for Michel Redolfi's Sonic Waters in addition to fulfilling several commissions including his Symphony of Extension (1989) for bass clarinet with electronic extensions. He has continued to work with Michel Redolfi and recently (2006) gave performances of Redolfi's La Citta Liquida at the Venice Music Biennale & Nuit Blanche in Paris. Since 1994 Mr. Harris has focused his performance activities exclusively on the bass clarinet and the bass clarinet with electronic & media extensions. He performs frequently as a soloist in the US and in Europe with Vibrone, Trio Rare and in other improvisatory settings.


Stanley Hasty, Keith Wilson, Leonard Bernstein, Harold Wright, John Coltrane, Max Roach, Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sonny Rollins, Phil Woods, Gerry Mulligan,Pat Martino
Carlo Gesualdo, Charles Ives, Harry Partch, Morton Feldman, Edgar Varese, Steve Reich, Terry Riley, Eric Dolphy,  Frank Zappa, Luc Ferrari,  Mel Powel, Hall Overton, Sal Martirano, Al Fine
Homer, Dante Alighieri, Beowulf, Shakespeare, Goethe, Vladimir Nabokov, Jean-Paul Sartre, Ernest Hemingway, William Gaddis, Lawrence Durrell, Italo Calvino, Alain Robbe-Grillet, Evan S. Connell, Henry David Thoreau, Jack Kerouac, Charles Bukowski, Georges Perec, William S. Burroughs
Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock, Chuck CloseChristo, J.M.W. Turner, Alberto Giacometti, Matisse, Picasso, Cezanne, Chiam Sourtine, De Kooning, Dubuffet, Arshile Gorky
Friends & Colleagues:
Les Thimmig, Richard Stoltzman, William T McKinley, Jeffrey Ernstoff (Ernesto Caliente), James Farber, Tom Naunas,  Michel Redolfi, Patricio Villarroel, Alex Grillo, Michel Pascal, Michael Lowenstern, Henri Bok,

And The Home Support Coterie:

 Maureen E. Mulvihill & our pastel tiger, Kid Stretch.

Kid Stretch

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