Composer | Teacher | Percussionist
Daniel Gardner is a Canadian composer, percussionist and teacher currently based out of London ON. Daniel is interested in the application of electroacoustics as an analogue for collaborative relationships in performance and how this could ultimately be used to overcome socioeconomic barriers to youth accessing music education. His master’s thesis, Prufrock: a monodrama for baritone and electronics, is an operatic work fully performable by a single singer that uses modular electronics influenced by Universal Design principles.
In the summer of 2019, Daniel was featured as a “young composer” at the Tuckamore Festival in St. John’s, NL where his piano trio In Lucem Omnia Vana was performed. In the fall of 2019, his piece Quatrain for voice and tape was performed in Canada and Columbia by soprano Maureen Batt as part of the 'Crossing Borders Tour.' Two of his compositions, Nervous Energy and Blue Leaves, were included as part of Andrew Noseworthy and Yaz Lancaster’s one in one project which was released as a collection of three albums by People Places Records in late 2020.
Daniel is interested in the intersection of music composition and music education. He recently worked with a team from Western University lead by Dr. Kari Veblen that worked with middle school students in London ON to compose and perform pieces on local sound sculptures. He is currently researching North American music teacher’s experiences of online teaching and how the existing literature can address the concerns of teachers teaching online for the first time.
Daniel received his Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University where he studied composition with Kevin Morse, and percussion with Joel Cormier, and holds a Master of Music in Composition from Western University where he studied with Omar Daniel. Daniel currently works teaching drums, percussion and music theory in London ON.