Susnjar 1/30/13

Wednesday, 01/30/2013, 08:00 pm –
337 S.W. 8th Street,
Miami, Florida 33130
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Australian drummer/percussionist/composer/educator Daniel Susnjar has performed and recorded with a host of world-class musicians including Joshua Redman, Arturo Sandoval, Gary Burton, Sam Rivers, Greg Osby, Tom Scott, Sammy Figueroa, Geoffrey Keezer, Gretchen Parlato, Paul Bollenback, Dave Grusin, Ira Sullivan, Kevin Mahogany, Frank Foster, Shelly Berg, Ben Vereen, Greg Gisbert, Carmen Bradford, Federico Britos, Hossam Ramzy and Maestro Jorge Calandrelli. He has performed with Australian music greats Graeme Lyall, James Morrison, Grace Knight, Rhonda Burchmore, Joe Chindamo, Paul Grabowsky, Don Burrows, Barney McAll, Jamie Oehlers, 2-time Grammy award winner Lucky Oceans, Aaron Choulai, Tom O’Halloran, Troy Roberts, Mat Jodrell and Scott Tinkler.

In addition, Daniel has performed with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, the Alabama Symphony Orchestra, the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and the Western Australian Youth Jazz Orchestra Composer’s Ensemble, which performed at the 2000 Sydney Olympics Arts Festival.

At age 17, Daniel won best drum soloist in Western Australia (1998) and earned runner up in Australia’s Best Up and Coming Drummer competition in 2002. Daniel relocated to the USA in August 2008 to undertake his Master of Music degree on full scholarship from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. A Henry Mancini Institute fellow, he is also a Teaching Assistant and member of the Frost School of Music Concert Jazz Band which won the 2010 Downbeat Award for Best Graduate Level Large Ensemble. Daniel recently completed his Masters and will be returning to the University of Miami shortly to begin the Doctor of Music Arts program. He holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) and was on faculty up until relocating to the United States.

The 2008 Perth Jazz Society commission was awarded to Daniel for the creation of a 60-minute original work influenced by ethnic music from Spain, Mali, Hungary and Egypt. The live performance of this work was recorded on location by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in June, and was broadcast nation-wide on ABC’s Jazztrack radio program.

In 2003 and 2005 (receiving the ARTSWA young people and the arts Creative Development Fellowship in 2004), Daniel travelled to New York City for performances, recordings and intensive tuition from drumming greats Bernard Purdie, Keith Carlock, Clarence Penn, Dom Famularo, John Riley, Ari Hoenig and Billy Ward. In 2000, Daniel undertook private drumset/ percussion tuition in London with Hossam Ramzy and also gained mentoring from Gary Husband, Martin France and Mark Mondesir.

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