Daniel Kelly - Composer/Pianist

 

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Concert Offerings

  • Shakespeare in Jazz: All the World's a Song

  • Blind Visionaries: Daniel Kelly & The Seeing with Photography Collective

  • Rakonto: A Celebration of YOUR Community


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SHAKESPEARE IN JAZZ: ALL THE WORLD'S A SONG

TEXT FROM SHAKESPEARE’S MASTERPIECES ARE TRANSFORMED INTO FRESH AND DYNAMIC JAZZ SONGS THAT HAVE AUDIENCES SINGING ALONG IN SHEER DELIGHT.

Shakespeare in Jazz is an engaging, participatory celebration of Shakespeare's work, offering an exciting new way to experience the his genius.  Great for those discovering his plays for the first time and for Shakespeare aficionados alike!

Throughout the concert, audience members will join Daniel's jazz group, featuring an amazing jazz vocalist, as they sing along to catchy, original songs based on Midsummer Night’s Dream, Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Hamlet and many more!

School performances & workshops also available. 


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BLIND VISIONARIES: DANIEL KELLY & THE SEEING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE

A MULTI-MEDIA PERFORMANCE FEATURING PHOTOGRAPHY CREATED BY THE BLIND AND VISUALLY IMPAIRED PHOTOGRAPHERS OF THE SEEING WITH PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTIVE WITH ORIGINAL MUSIC BY THE DANIEL KELLY TRIO.

Exhibited in galleries around the world, the haunting and poetic images of the Seeing with Photography Collective are created in a dynamic process called “light painting” transporting the viewer into their unique dream world of surreal portraits.

Their captivating images will be projected on a video screen throughout the performance. Audiences will hear recorded interviews from these blind & visually impaired photographers reflecting upon their personal experiences with blindness and Daniel Kelly’s riveting original music composed in response to these compelling stories.

Audience members will create a new photo with members of the Collective that will be projected on screen during the concert!

School performances and workshops are available. 

  • A SELECTION OF UP TO 20 PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE MOUNTED IN THEATER LOBBIES FOR AUDIENCES TO VIEW.

  • 8X11 PRINTS OF SELECT PHOTOGRAPHS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE AT PERFORMANCES.

www.seeingwithphotography.com


RAKONTO: A CELEBRATION OF YOUR COMMUNITY

AN INNOVATIVE JOINING OF JOURNALISM AND MUSIC THAT BRINGS THE LIVES AND STORIES OF CONTEMPORARY AMERICANS INTO THE CONCERT HALL.

COMMISSION DANIEL TO CREATE A CONCERT THAT CELEBRATES YOUR COMMUNITY!

Rakonto (the Esperanto word for “story”) is Kelly’s ongoing series of interview-based concerts that have been commissioned by several performing arts centers across the US.

Each of these twelve concert-length works have transformed the stories of everyday people, like farmers, teachers, students, immigrants, hurricane survivors, seniors and many others from ages 4 to 94, into a dramatic and compelling musical experience that celebrates our shared humanity. 

Audiences around the country have been deeply moved when hearing their recorded voices - and their friend's, family's and neighbor's voices - set to powerful, emotional music performed by Kelly's band of world-class musicians.

Making connections is one of Kelly’s strengths, whether it’s exploring connections between art forms or connecting with audiences. Gifted with an uncanny ear for music and story, it’s his deep sense of empathy and humanity that impacts audiences the most, making performances uplifting and emotional experiences.

Commission Daniel to create a concert that celebrates YOUR community! 

School performances available.


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Click to download:  Shakespeare in Jazz Trio - Live 1   Photo credit - Seth Harwood

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Click to download:  Shakespeare in Jazz Trio - Live 3   Photo credit - Seth Harwood

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Click to download:  Shakespeare in Jazz Trio - Live 2   Photo credit - Seth Harwood

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Presenter Testimonials

"A triumph! The effects of Daniel Kelly's Rakonto concert are still being felt throughout the community."

— Pam Weisberg, Director of Programming, Catskill Mountain Foundation-Doctorow Center for the Arts

 

“Working with Daniel Kelly remains one of my most treasured career experiences.”

— Amy Flack, Executive Director, Community Performance Series

 

“I think that everybody left the performance having the sense that they were much bigger than just themselves - that they were part of a community. It gave them the sense that they were neighbors.”

— Ellen Kodadek, Executive Director, Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts

 

“I remain convinced that Daniel Kelly is one of the most stunningly original talents both as an improviser and a leader that I have known in a long career of promoting this art form. His musical ideas spring naturally from a visionary imagination…. He is also a dream to work with.”

— Paul Pines, curator of the Lake George Jazz Weekend

 

About Shakespeare in Jazz: All the World’s a Song

"Daniel Kelly was an incredible professional and entertainer bringing Shakespeare to life in the Black Hills. I was truly moved by each performance he gave because he adjusted his style to connect to the diversity of each audience - from young students, the general public, and to adults with developmental disabilities, each performance was specially crafted for their needs. I would be honored to have Daniel and his band back at The Matthews." 

— Becky Naccarato Eastburn, Executive Director, The Matthews Opera House & Arts Center, Spearfish, South Dakota

 

About Rakonto: Voices of Coe (at Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

“With deep compassionate listening, Daniel has created a work that expresses the passion, determination and dreams of our students.

He really connected with the students and transformed their experiences into music.

I think the students will remember this affirming experience for years to come.” 

— Steven Marc Weiss, Director, Marquis Series, Coe College (Cedar Rapids, Iowa)

 

About Rakonto: Voices from the Farm (at Community Performances Series/SUNY Potsdam)

 “Daniel is as sensitive and respectful a person as he is musically talented. I trusted that he would use this experience to create a work that truly honored the farming community.  The resulting concert was everything we hoped for and more.”

— Amy Flack, Executive Director, Community Performance Series

 

About Rakonto: Life After Hurricane Sandy (at The Long Island Children’s Museum)

“What was moving is that it was a first-person interpretation. The people who actually experienced Hurricane Sandy were the ones talking about it. Usually when you see a performance it’s someone interpreting someone else’s experience, but this was first-hand experience. And it was very heartfelt. There were points where it really moved you to tears.”

— Dawn Weiss, Docent, Long Island Children’s Museum

 

I loved it! It brought community into the discussion, family into the discussion. It was a shared experience by the citizens of this area. The fact that people could actually talk about and share their experience with Hurricane Sandy, a year after the fact, then hear it brought to life through music and their own words was very exciting”

— James Packard, Theater Manager, Long Island Children’s Museum

 

About Rakonto: Wave Hill (at Wave Hill Public Garden, Bronx, NY)

I can hear how much fun Daniel had creating this piece. It samples words, voices, the birds that you can hear here. He made several visits to Wave Hill Garden and met with our naturalists, our horticulturalists, and some really fabulous students. All of that - he wove into this piece!”

— Jennifer McGregor, Director of Arts, Wave Hill

 

About Rakonto: Melting Pot (at Flushing Town Hall, Flushing, NY)

“Rakonto.” In Esperanto it means “story.” In jazz pianist-composer Daniel Kelly’s masterful composition, it is a thrilling musical journey of immigrant voices as represented by recorded interviews intertwined with the virtuosic playing and singing of Kelly’s musicians, especially vocalist Yoon Sun Choi and pipa master Min Xiao-Fen. This multi-layered piece demands repeated listening, all to the delight of the audience.”

— Frank Juliano, Executive Director, Reeves-Reed Arboretum

 

“Daniel Kelly’s piece ‘Rakonto’ blew me away. It engaged me on every level. The melodies, the harmony, the words, the instrumentation, the whole idea! It was brilliantly conceived and executed. It was so moving it practically brought me to tears.”

— Joel Harrison, Guggenheim Award-winning composer, guitarist, educator, Director of the Alt Guitar Summit

 

About Rakonto: Voices of Campbell County (at CAM-Plex, Gillette, Wyoming)

“We had such a great time with the project and felt so good about how it turned out.  The audience loved it and we've heard lots of great feedback.  I've lived here most of my life and I learned some things about our county I never knew!  The time Daniel spent to really get to know our intentions with the project and eventually our community was truly astounding.  Thank you Daniel for shedding light on different aspects of our community in such a thoughtful way!”

—  Jaymi Gilmour, Theater Manager, Cam-Plex, Gillette, Wyoming

 

About Rakonto: Voices from the Valley (at Forbes Theater/James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA)

“We loved Rakonto and were thrilled that you featured students from Harrisonburg High School.  They have amazing stories to tell, and the event was a superb example of how the arts can be used to bring communities together in creative ways.  I am delighted to know that the show will appear on public TV, and we look forward to the opportunity to see it again.”

— Jon Alger, President, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

 

“It was fascinating to see how Kelly conveyed the diversity in the community….wonderful to hear the voices of the community reflected through music.”

— Jon Alger, President, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia

 

“With everything that’s happening in the world today, it’s the right time for such a warm message. It just all came together really nicely with such labor and love. It was so real and heartfelt to have [the students] tell their own stories.”

— Regan Byrne, Executive Director, The Forbes Center for the Performing Arts, Harrisonburg, Virginia

 

About Rakonto: The Gift That Keeps Giving (at Dolly Hand Theater, Belle Glade, Florida)

 “Daniel created an uplifting celebration of our community in music and song. The audience was amazed how he captured the spirit of our city.” 

— Leigh Woodham, Director, Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center (Belle Glade, Florida)

 

About Rakonto: Voices from Memphis (at Orpheum Theatre, Memphis, TN)

“…extraordinary, to say the least!  Memphians of Red Zone/Orange Mound and Knowledge Quest/South Memphis twinkled like stars through the amazing production. I wish the entire world could have witnessed this artistic show.”

— Jacquelyn Scruggs, Knowledge Quest, (Memphis, Tennessee)

 

About Rakonto: Voices of Clayton (at Clayton Opera House, Clayton, NY)

“People are still talking about your wonderful performance!”

 — Julie Garnsey, Executive Director, Clayton Opera House (Clayton, NY)

About School Performances & Residencies

“Daniel’s school time performance was fantastic! He had a group of about 350 pre-K through 3rd grade students laughing, singing, and dancing. The kids were focused for the full 40-minute performance. Because his show interspersed storytelling, music, and comedy, classroom teachers had ample opportunity and material to link components of the show to lessons in their classrooms.”

— Amy Flack, Executive Director, Community Performance Series

 

“Your visit to our campus was so inspiring to me and my students.  What you do in the world is so important and inspiring. Thank you for giving your time to my students and our community.  What a gift to have you here.”

— Ingrid De Sanctis, Professor, School of Theatre and Dance, James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)

 

"Daniel Kelly's performance at the Northern Hills Training Center was really moving. The whole group of developmentally disabled people was so excited to see Daniel's performance. What really stuck with me was this woman who looked to be in her 50's. She sat in her wheelchair and did not move. You could not tell if she was even awake. Daniel started playing a Latin song from Cuba on the piano and all of a sudden this woman just came to life. She was clapping her hands, shaking her legs and she had the biggest smile on her face. It was so amazing. I said to myself that THIS is the power of music. To animate life."

— Jack Hughes, Northern Hills Training Center, Spearfish, SD

 

"The Matthews Opera House came to Northern Hills Training Center on January 17th, 2019 with Daniel Kelly to perform in front of 35 residents. It was a wonderful experience and one that the individual’s we serve will never forget. Some of the individuals got the opportunity to go up and play the piano with Daniel Kelly. Having this opportunity for Daniel to come to Northern Hills Training Center and watch him perform is something many of the individuals we serve are unable to do. It truly impacted many and we are very thankful for this experience."

— Blythe Heinbaugh, Northern Hills Training Center, Spearfish, SD 

 

 

The breadth of Daniel Kelly's musicality is only matched by the depth of his humanity.  For the nearly 20 years that I have collaborated with Daniel he has consistently demonstrated the highest level of creativity, professionalism, passion, and sheer joy in all he does.  Daniel knows kids, and has the skills to take them on musical journeys that engage and inspire.”

— David Gonzalez, professional storyteller, poet, playwright, musician, cultural ambassador for the U.S. State Department & recipient of the International Performing Arts for Youth (IPAY) “Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence