Daniel Barnes PERCUSSION
OFFICIAL WEBSITE danielbarnes.net
Daniel is the youngest son of renowned classical composer Milton Barnes and author/award winning scriptwriter, Lilly Barnes. His elder brother Micah is an accomplished singer and songwriter best known for his tenure with vocal group The Nylons.
Daniel found his calling at age 5 and pursued his musical education informally, through private instruction and attending The Banff Centre Summer Jazz Workshop with international faculty in the late 1980’s.
At 16 years of age Daniel began regular professional work with his brother in The Micah Barnes Trio. Performing a blend of cabaret and original pop music the group became a top draw in Toronto clubs graduating to the concert stage and TV appearances.
Daniel followed a jazz stream as well which has led to concert and TV appearances with the top echelon of Canadian artists including Holly Cole, Joe Sealy, Jane Bunnett, Molly Johnson, Richard Underhill, Brian Browne and others. His recordings as a ‘sideman’ number over 45 and his drumming has contributed to a JUNO award for Joe Sealy’s “Africville Suite” in ’96 and a JUNO nomination for Richard Underhill’s “Moment in Time” in ’07.
Daniel’s work in “world” music has also been extensive, garnering a JUNO nomination with The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band for their recording ‘Sweet Return’ and touring extensively in the 1990’s through Europe, The U.S., Africa and The Caribbean with Ethiopian singing star Aster Aweke (“The Aretha Franklin of Ethiopia” TIME magazine).
Daniel has two releases of his own: 2003’s “Culmination” and 2007’s “Classic Beauties”. These jazz cds feature his producing, writing, arranging and drumming with a band of notable sidemen. Both recordings have received critical acclaim and are heard nation wide on the CBC. They’re favorites at JazzFm in Toronto and in 2004 his debut disc reached #9 on the national college jazz chart. The Daniel Barnes Quartet have played The Montreal and Toronto International Jazz Festivals among others and have been broadcast in performance on TV Ontario. Daniel was nominated “Drummer of the Year” at both the 2004 and 2007 National Jazz Awards.
In 2010 Daniel began production, writing and management of ‘Jazz for Mara’, a concert presentation of literature and music featuring his mother Lilly, brother Micah and The Daniel Barnes Quartet.