Daniel Nass

Composer | Collaborator | Commentator

UPCOMING PERFORMANCES & Projects

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SWEDE HOLLOW GHOST SONATA

I’m currently working in collaboration with Sod House Theater and Black Label Movement on Swede Hollow Ghost Sonata, serving as composer and music director. This will be an immersive site-specific project taking place in St. Paul’s Swede Hollow Park that examines early immigration to Minnesota. Performances take place 6 p.m. September 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29. Click here for more information and (free!) tickets.

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KINDER KONZERTS

Excited to share that I’ve been chosen for the 17th annual FRIENDS Kinder Konzerts commission! I’ve composed an original score to be paired with a reading of Mary Casanova’s “One-Dog Canoe,” and performed by members of the Minnesota Orchestra. The work will be premiered Saturday, September 28, at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis. Visit the Friends website for tickets.

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THE DREAM SONGS PROJECT

Coming up on October 4, The Dream Songs Project will be presenting my Songs of Cowboys and Hobos (as well as a couple of my guitar preludes) in a recital at DePaul University in Chicago. Details forthcoming!

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HUB NEW MUSIC

Spitting Image Collective will be collaborating with Hub New Music in 2019! They will present three world premieres, including my Sauvons le mini-cheval. They will present a Lowertown Listening session on October 24, with concerts on October 25-26. For more details, watch the Spitting Image website.

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#45MINIATURES

I've been invited to submit a new piano miniature for a new project by pianist Nicholas Phillips – #45miniatures. Composers are invited to use "anything related to our 45th President (tweets, speeches, etc.) as source material to create a miniature, or small collection of miniatures, for solo piano." The work – Hamberders and Covfefe – will be finished in fall of 2019. #MakeMusicGreatAgain

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MNSPIN

My Songs of Cowboys and Hobos has been accepted as part of the 2018 MnSpin roster of Minnesota music and musicians, courtesy of the Hennepin County Library. Visit the MnSpin website to stream/download!

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MOONLIT WALK HOME

Currently in the early stages of a large-scale collaboration with the Baldwin sisters (Jennifer Baldwin Peden and Christina Baldwin) and Nautilus Music-Theater Artistic Director Ben Krywosz. Stay tuned for details!

 

PERFORMANCE ARCHIVE

2019

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SKÅL CHAMBER COLLECTIVE –COFFEE

After the Coffee

Performed by Skål Chamber Collective

March 24, 6 p.m.

Salty Tart – Saint Paul, Minnesota

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OPERA ON TAP – TWIN CITIES

Fragile Tender Love

Performed by Daniel Greco, Eryn Tvete

March 10, 6 p.m.

Honey – Minneapolis, Minnesota

2018

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CNME with Megan Ihnen, Guest Artist

...And the Sound is Thunder

Performed by Megan Ihnen and the Constantinides New Music Ensemble

November 7, 7:30 p.m.

Recital Hall, LSU School of Music – Baton Rouge, Louisiana

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ZEITGEIST HALLOWEEN FESTIVAL 2018

…And the Sound is Thunder

Performed by Zeitgeist and Alyssa Anderson

Shadows of Shadows Passing

Performed by Zeitgeist

(WORLD PREMIERE)

October 25, 7:30 p.m.

Studio Z – Saint Paul, Minnesota

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LIVE! AT THE MUSEUM

Songs of Cowboys and Hobos (excerpts)

Performed by Jaxon Williams and Laurel Irene

September 13, 7 p.m.

Laguna Art Museum – Laguna Beach, Calif.

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UPSTREAM

Song of Unktehi

Performed by Zeitgeist (Pat O'Keefe, bass clarinet; Heather Barringer, marimba)

May 19, 3 p.m.

Mississippi Watershed Management Organization – Minneapolis, Minn.

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AMERICAN SPRING FESTIVAL

Songs of Cowboys and Hobos (four songs from the set)

Performed by Kelley Hollis, soprano; Tomas Hanzlicek, guitar 

April 26, 6 p.m.

Písek, Koncertní síň sv.Trojice

April 27, 7 p.m.

Zámek Nelahozeves

May 1, 2:30 p.m.

Praha, Modlitebna ČCE, Korunní 60

May 2 6 p.m.

Hranice na Moravě, Městské kulturní zařízení

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SEEN/HEARD TRIO

...And the Sound is Thunder

Performed by Seen/Heard Trio 

(WORLD PREMIERE)

April 29, 7:30 p.m.

Fallout Arts Studio 3 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

May 1, 7:30 p.m.

Studio Z – Saint Paul, Minnesota

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Cab Cabaret: the music of Mr. Keith Hovis

Flightless Bird (performed by Daniel Greco)

Fragile Tender Love (performed by Daniel Greco and Alyssa Anderson)

Cacophony (performed by Alyssa Anderson)

March 26, 8 p.m.

Troubadour Wine Bar – Minneapolis, Minnesota

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OPERA ON TAP – TWIN CITIES

Flightless Bird

Performed by Eryn Tvete

March 11, 6:30 p.m.

Honey – Minneapolis, Minnesota

THE DREAM SONGS PROJECT

Songs of Cowboys and Hobos

Performed by the dream songs project

January 19, 7:30 p.m.

Studio Z – Saint Paul, Minnesota 

January 20, 7:30 p.m.

Fallout Arts Studio 3 – Minneapolis, Minnesota

January 21, 3:00 p.m.

Dreamland Arts – Saint Paul, Minnesota

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SongSLam – Minneapolis

The Antediluvians Were All Very Sober

Performed by Alyssa Anderson

(WORLD PREMIERE)

January 11, 8 p.m.

Icehouse MPLS – Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

2017

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ROUGH CUTS — Nautilus composer-librettist studio

Fragile Tender Love

Performed by Daniel Greco & Cathy Fuller, text by Rachel Teagle

The Princess Bride

Performed by Anna Baker, text by Pogi Sumangil

Cacophony

Performed by Gary Briggle, text by Katherine Glover

(WORLD PREMIERES)

November 13 &14, 7:30 p.m.

Nautlius Music-Theater Studio — Saint Paul, Minnesota

Walker Community Church — Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The Next 500 Reformation Festival

Bethany Toccata

Performed by Stephen Baker

(WORLD PREMIERE)

October 29, 4 p.m.

Bethany Lutheran Church — Spencer, Iowa

STONE ARCH COLLECTIVE

Slevens

Performed by Stone Arch Collective

(WORLD PREMIERE)

June 2, 10 a.m.

Hiawatha Academy — Minneapolis, Minnesota

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THE POEM IS DONE: ART-A-WHIRL 2017

Roggenbuck Lieder — Book One

Performed by The Poem is Done

May 19, 9 p.m.

A-Mill Artist Lofts — Minneapolis, Minnesota

ZEITGEIST AND SPITTING IMAGE COLLECTIVE

Katla the Hag and Her Magic Britches

Performed by Zeitgeist

May 4-6, 7:30 p.m.

Studio Z — Saint Paul, Minnesota

(WORLD PREMIERE)

PUNK-ASS CLASSICAL X

Is Always Be

Performed by Caprice Saxophone Quartet

March 25, 7:30 p.m.

House — Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

2016

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SPITTING IMAGE COLLECTIVE: CARICATURES

Is Always Be

Performed by Caprice Saxophone Quartet

(WORLD PREMIERE)

Three K² Rags (No. 1)

Performed by Stan Rothrock

May 13 & 15, 7:30 p.m.

Studio Z — Saint Paul, Minnesota

 

2015

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SARAH PORWOLL-LEE: HISTORY IS GOING TO CHANGE

Song of Unktehi

Performed by Sarah Porwoll-Lee, bass clarinet; Jeremy Johnston, percussion

Nine Wee Drams

Performed by Sarah Porwoll-Lee, clarinet; Ben Osterhouse, cello

December 11, 7:30 p.m.

Mound Westonka High School — Minnetrista, Minnesota

ZEITGEIST: NEW MUSIC CABARET

Roggenbuck Lieder — Book One

Performed by The Poem is Done

November 13, 7:30 p.m.

Studio Z — Saint Paul, Minnesota

SARAH PORWOLL-LEE: HISTORY IS GOING TO CHANGE

Song of Unktehi

Performed by Sarah Porwoll-Lee, bass clarinet; Jeremy Johnston, percussion

November 7, 6 p.m.

Studio Z — Saint Paul, Minnesota

SARAH PORWOLL-LEE: HISTORY IS GOING TO CHANGE

Song of Unktehi

Performed by Sarah Porwoll-Lee, bass clarinet; Jeremy Johnston, percussion

Nine Wee Drams

Performed by Sarah Porwoll-Lee, clarinet; Ben Osterhouse, cello

October 9, 12 p.m.

Kleinpell Fine Arts Center — River Falls, Wisconsin

SARAH PORWOLL-LEE: HISTORY IS GOING TO CHANGE

Song of Unktehi

Performed by Sarah Porwoll-Lee, bass clarinet; Jeremy Johnston, percussion

(WORLD PREMIERE)

October 3, 7:30 p.m.

Studio Z — Saint Paul, Minnesota

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VALLEY WIND QUINTET

Scherzophrenia

Performed by Valley Wind Quintet

July 5, 7 p.m.

Darrell Aderman Auditorium — Shell Lake, Wisconsin

SPITTING IMAGE COLLECTIVE: PUSH/BENd/PULL

Tres Furias

Performed by James DeVoll, flute; Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, tenor saxophone, Erika Blanco, violin; Carlynn Savot, cello; and Jeremy Johnston, vibraphone 

June 11, 7:30 p.m.

Dreamland Arts — Saint Paul, Minnesota

SPITTING IMAGE COLLECTIVE: PUSH/BENd/PULL

Tres Furias

Performed by James DeVoll, flute; Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, tenor saxophone, Erika Blanco, violin; Carlynn Savot, cello; and Jeremy Johnston, vibraphone 

May 3, 7:30 p.m.

Honey — Minneapolis, Minnesota

SPITTING IMAGE COLLECTIVE: PUSH/BENd/PULL

Tres Furias

Performed by James DeVoll, flute; Jeffery Kyle Hutchins, tenor saxophone, Erika Blanco, violin; Carlynn Savot, cello; and Jeremy Johnston, vibraphone 

(WORLD PREMIERE)

May 2, 7:30 p.m.

Studio Z — Saint Paul, Minnesota

RENEGADE ENSEMBLE: TEN

Roggenbuck Lieder — Book One

Performed by The Poem is Done

Quatre Études de Fromage

Performed by Stan Rothrock

April 24, 7:30 p.m.

The Baroque Room — Saint Paul, Minnesota

ÉCOUTER ENSEMBLE: THREE

Nishkaadizi-Nibi

Performed by Écouter Ensemble

February 2, 7:30 p.m.

Walter Hall — Toronto, Ontario

ÉCOUTER ENSEMBLE: THREE

Nishkaadizi-Nibi

Performed by Écouter Ensemble

January 24, 8 p.m.

Third Life Studio — Somerville, Massachusetts

 

2014

ÉCOUTER ENSEMBLE: THREE

Nishkaadizi-Nibi

Performed by Écouter Ensemble

(WORLD PREMIERE)

November 21, 8 p.m.

Spectrum — New York, New York

The poem is done: IF TWO THINGS DON'T FIT...

Roggenbuck Lieder — Book One

Performed by The Poem is Done

(WORLD PREMIERE)

November 1, 7:30 p.m.

Gamut Art Gallery — Minneapolis, Minnesota