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Dan Weiss drummer and composer


Dan Weiss started playing the drums at the age of 6 and has studied privately since he began. His main teacher as a child and teenager was Jeff Krause. While in high school Weiss studied classical piano and classical composition. He studied drums and composition at the Manhattan School of Music. His drum teacher was John Riley for 4 years and his composition teacher was David Noon. Dan also studied frame drums with Jamey Hadaad.

Weiss has performed and or recorded with David Binney, Lee Konitz, Dave Liebman, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Vijay Iyer, Miguel Zenon, Wayne Krantz, Kenny Werner, Ritchie Beirach, Ben Monder, Uri Caine, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Ravi Coltrane and many others. He has been touring Europe and North America extensively for the past 12 years with many different projects. Weiss has also played in South America and Asia and has recorded over 60 recordings as a sideman for for Omnitone, Fresh Sound/New Talent, Arabesque, Enja, Pi, Criss cross, Between the Lines, Act, Hat Hut, and Auand record labels.

Weiss has been studying tabla for the last fifteen years exclusively under the guidance of his guru Pandit Samir Chatterjee. He has performed classical Indian music in India and the United States, with Ramesh Mishra, Mandira Lahiri, Subra Guha, Anoushka Shanka, Asish Khan, Joyas Biswas, K.V. Mahabala and Steve Gorn. He has also performed in recitals with his teacher in Kolkatta, India.
Weiss has five recordings under his own name. Two are unique solo recordings which contain traditional tabla repertoire adapted to the drumset in a classical manner. Two are trio cds which includes Jacob Sacks on piano and Thomas Morgan on bass in which Weiss composed all the material. His most recent project was ’14’ and was released in 2014. It is a suite broken down in seven parts composed for 14 musicians. The cd was critically acclaimed.

Weiss has contributed articles to ‘Modern Drummer’ dealing with Indian rhythm and its applicability to western contexts. He has self published a book entitled "Tintal Drumset Transcriptions." He has given clinics all over the United States as well as Canada and Europe. He has a loyal base of students in the New York area and travels around the United States and europe to give drum / tabla workshops.


It's not an exhaustive list.


other works
Dan Weiss/Dan Weiss Trio

Dan Weiss - "Jhaptal Drumset Solo"
Dan Weiss - "Tintal Drumset Solo"
Dan Weiss Trio - "Timshel"
Dan Weiss Trio - "Now Yes When"
Dan Weiss/Dibyarka Chatterjee/Debu Nayak - "3D CD" (Tabla solo)
Dan Weiss/Matt Mitchell - "Fourth Floor" ( coming soon )
Dan Weiss/Ari Hoenig - "Thirteen" ( coming soon )
Dan Weiss Music For Large Ensemble ( coming soon )

Additional work as sideman

Rudresh Mahanthappa - "Gamak"
Florian Weber - "Biosphere"
Jeff Denson - "Secret World"
Christophe Sweizer - "Moonsun"
Dave Binney - "Barefooted Town"
Miles Okazaki - "Figurations"
Miles Okazaki - "Mirror"
Miguel Zenon/Laurent Coq - "Rayuela"
Rez Abbasi - "Suno Suno"
Ryan Truesdell - "Gil Evans Centennial Project"
Michael Dessen - "Forget The Pixel"
Rudresh Mahantthapa - "Codebook"
Miles Okazaki - "Generations"
Dave Binney - "Alisio"
Dave Binney - "Cities and Desires"
Rez Abbasi - "Bazaar"
Rez Abassi - "Things to Come"
Jacob Garchik - "Romance"
Jackson Harrison - "Land Tides"
Pete Robbins - "Hate Laugh Shimmy"
Jen Shyu - "Jade Tongue"
Chris Tarry - "Almost Certainly Dreaming"
Chris Tarry - "Sorry To Be Strange"
Floriculture - "Silver Sided Solid"
Partapillo/Okazaki/Weiss - "I Like Too Much"
Francesco Bearzatti - "Sax Pistols"
Ohad Talmor " Newsreel "
Dan Weiss - " Tintal Drumset solo "
Jacob Garchik Trio - " Abstracts "
David Binney - " Bastion Of Sanity "
Rez Abbasi - " Snake Charmer "
Eivind Opsvik - " Overseas "
Hans Glawischnig - " Common Ground "
Floriculture ( led by Carl Maguire ) - Self Titled
Justin Mullens - " Delphian Jazz Orchestra "
Sebastian Weiss - " Momentum "
Sebastian Weiss - " Polaroid Memories "
Christof Knoche - " Line Zero "
Jacob Sacks - " Region "
Christof Schweizer - " Matrix "
Tigran Martikyan - " why "
Gary lucas - " Guitar Harvest "
Joel Harrison - " Free country "
Joel Harrison - " So Long Second Street "
Sam Hillmer - " Witches "
Miles Okazaki - " Spirals "
Pete Robbins and Centric - " Waits and Measures"