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Daniel Wohl

Publisher: G. Schirmer

Photo © Shawn Brackbill


Paris-born and Brooklyn-based composer Daniel Wohl draws on his background in electronic music to create pieces that "blur the line between electronic and acoustic instrumentation and seemingly melt both elements into a greater organic whole" (WNYC). His work has been called "boldly surreal" (New York Times), "provocative and surprising" (NPR), "beautiful…original" (Pitchfork).

In 2013 Wohl made his New Amsterdam Records debut with Corps Exquis, a multimedia, chamber and electronics project created in conjunction with the TRANSIT new music ensemble and a collective of New York-based video artists. The album, featuring guest appearances by Julia Holter, Aaron Roche, and Sõ Percussion, garnered widespread critical acclaim and was included in NPR's top 100 songs of 2013 and voted best album of 2013 by WNYC New Sounds listeners.

Recent and upcoming projects include a new string quartet with electronics commissioned by Donaueschinger Musiktage for the Calder Quartet; Holographic, a recent commission by the Bang on a Can All-Stars through their People's Commissioning Fund initiative; a score for the surrealist indie film Elixir, and Cycles, a full-length ballet score commissioned by Sonic Generator and the GLO ATL dance company.

Over the past few years he has worked with numerous orchestras and ensembles: the American Symphony Orchestra, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Indianapolis Symphony, the New York Youth Symphony, the Calder Quartet, St Luke's Chamber Ensemble, Present Music, Yarn/Wire, eighth blackbird, the Mivos Quartet, Third Coast Percussion and Sõ Percussion, among many others. Wohl's electroacoustic scores have been performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Webster Hall, Dia Beacon, Mass MoCA, Arsenal de Metz, Disney Hall's Redcat, the Chelsea Art Museum, the Warhol Museum, and on bills with electronic artists such as Dan Deacon, Laurel Halo, Lucky Dragons, Julia Holter, and Son Lux. His works have been played at festivals around the world including the MATA Festival, the Bang on a Can Marathon, the Ecstatic Music Festival, River to River, Gaudeamus (Amsterdam), NordKlang (Switzerland), as well as over media outlets such as NPR, PBS, WQXR, CANAL +, TFI, and FRANCE 2. In 2012 he composed the score for TAR featuring James Franco, Jessica Chastain, and Mila Kunis, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival.

Wohl's work has received support from grants including Meet the Composer/Commissioning Music USA, the American Composers Forum / Jerome Foundation, C.A.P, the Barlow Endowment, MET Life Creative Connections, and the Brooklyn Arts Council, as well as awards from the Finale National Composers Competition, the Society for New Music, Music Now, NY Look & Listen, Music IX, and ASCAP (six ASCAP Plus awards and three Morton Gould Young Composer awards).

Also active as an educator, he has taught courses in composition, orchestration, and theory at Sarah Lawrence College and at Yale. In 2014 will be a guest speaker at Sõ Percussion's Summer Institute.

Wohl holds degrees from Bard College, the University of Michigan, and the Yale School of Music, studying with composers Joan Tower, Bright Sheng, William Bolcom, David Lang, Martin Bresnick, Ingram Marshall, and Aaron Jay Kernis.
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