Daniel Barnes Biography
“stands with the best of (his) generation in Canada" Mark Miller, Globe and Mail.
Drummer, Composer, Producer and Singer Daniel Barnes was born into an artistic family in the cultural hub of downtown Toronto, Canada in 1965. His father Milton Barnes was a classical music composer with symphonic, chamber and choral works for concert stage, dance and film to his legacy. His Mother Lilly is a published author and scriptwriter for television and radio. His Brother Micah is a singer songwriter best known for his work with The Nylons.
Daniel found his calling at age 5. His education came through private studies in Toronto (Jim Blackeley, Claude Ranger, Paul Read) and attending The Banff Centre Summer Jazz Workshop in the late 1980's. At 16 he began regular professional work with The Micah Barnes Trio who played local clubs and graduated to the concert stage opening for international touring acts. Daniel went on to perform and record with the top echelon of Canadian artists in jazz, pop and world genre's including Holly Cole, Joe Sealy, Jane Bunnett, Hilario Duran, Molly Johnson, Richard Underhill, Jake Langley, Brian Browne The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band, Maryem Tollar, Theresa Tova, DJ Socalled, The Bourbon Tabernacle Choir, Bass is Base and many more. Throughout the 1990’s Daniel recorded and toured in Europe, The U.S., Africa and The Caribbean with Ethiopian singing star Aster Aweke (“The Aretha Franklin of Ethiopia” TIME magazine).
In 2003 Daniel released his debut Cd CULMINATION. This contemporary jazz offering features his own compositions (6 of 11) and arrangements of standard jazz repertoire in an entertaining and successful mix of moods and styles. Culmination includes mainstream, latin and rythym and blues elements and employs 15 musicians in total.
Radio across Canada (thanks to the CBC) chime to the record and reviews are good. JazzFm in Toronto rates "Culmination" its 7th favorite pick of the year while the National College Charts see it reach #7 in January 2004.
The Daniel Barnes Quartet play The Toronto Downtown Jazz, The All Canadian, Fringe and Distillery Jazz Festivals and are featured in performance on TVO's Studio Two program. Daniel is nominated for "Drummer of the Year" at The National Jazz Awards in 2004.
2007 saw the release of Daniel's second offering; "CLASSIC BEAUTIES". These compositions were created while on a writing grant from the OAC. The sound is focused on a mainstream acoustic jazz ensemble. More favorable reviews ensue , strong radio airplay and new performance opportunities; Montreal Intntl. and Markham Jazz Festivals, Daniel and Micah Barnes in Concert at The Al Green Theatre ect.. Daniel is nominated for Drummer of the Year at The National Jazz Awards in 2008.