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Daniel Felsenfeld has been commissioned and performed by a wide array of organizations and ensembles such as ASCAP, San Jose Opera, American Opera Projects, the Da Capo Chamber Players, New York City Opera (VOX), ACME, Redshift, and Opera on Tap, New Gallery, Jody Redhage, the New England Conservatory Philharmonic in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Galapagos Art Space, Jordan Hall, the Kitchen, and the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.
Upcoming works will be performed by Sequitur, cellist Jody Redhage, violist Nadia Sirota, Real Quiet, Metropolis Ensemble, pianist Simone Dinnerstein, cellist Ashley Bathgate and pianst Lisa Moore (Two Sense), and the Great Noise Ensemble. Collaborations include: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust, a musical resetting of David Bowie’s lyrics performed by ACME singer Corey Dargel; You. Have. No. Idea., a string quartet for ETHEL; On Murder: Considered as One of the Fine Arts, a song cycle with lyrics by the writer Wesley Stace to accompany the release of his novel Charles Jessold Considered as a Murderer (additional work with Stace in his guise as singer John Wesley Harding include the theme to his popular touring variety show, “John Wesley Harding’s Cabinet’s of Wonders”); and the ASCAP commission A Genuine Willingness to Help Out, a evening-length project with writers, including Rick Moody, Jonathan Lethem, Stephen Elliot, Fiona Mazel, Rosanne Cash, Amanda Palmer, Stew, and Lydia Lunch, among many others. This piece will mark the debut for Felsenfeld’s own ensemble, the FelsenPhilharmonic. His monodrama Nora, In The Great Outdoors, written for soprano Caroline Worra with playwright Will Eno will be performed this Spring with American Opera Projects, the first part of a trilogy. Commercially available works include: Pianist Andrew Russo’s Dirty Little Secrets and Mix Tape (Endeavor Classics); Pianist Jenny Lin’s American Insomniac (Koch). You. Have. No. Idea., a forthcoming CD devoted to Felsenfeld’s chamber music will be available on Naxos in 2011.
Felsenfeld is the author of eight books (biographies of composers ranging from Benjamin Britten and Aaron Copland to Bach and Vivaldi) and countless articles for publications including The New York Times (his memoiristic essay “Rebel Music” appeared in that paper’s blog “The Score”), NewMusicBox.com, Listen, Playbill, Newsday, Strings, and Symphony; program notes for the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra; and liner notes for records on Koch, Naxos, Bridge, Adjustable Music, and Chandos. He has attended Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, and the Wellesley Composers Conference.
He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and went on to receive his Master’s and Doctorate at the New England Conservatory (NEC recently rewarded him their first 10 Year Distinguished Alumni Award). He has taught at Harvard University, New England Conservatory, and currently teaches at City College of New York.
More info at www.danielfelsenfeld.com