Drummer        Composer       Bandleader       Producer


Daniel’s two full length albums feature him as a drummer, composer, bandleader and producer. Both have become staples on jazz radio in Canada! Read more about them below.

His current project is BARNES & WOLDEMICHAEL ETHIO-JAZZ with top ranking Ethiopian born saxophonist Mr. Girma Woldemichael. Daniel's Original Compositions entwine with Ethiopian-Jazz Classics for a truly International Jazz Sound . See “ETHIOJAZZ" for more this project.

As a support drummer for other artists, Daniel's dynamic sense, quality of sound, groove & versatility keep him active in Jazz & Global music fields. He has just returned from a summer touring England & Europe with Ethiopian keyboard legend Mr. Hailu Mergia!

Now that he’s back he's presenting a Low Stress Trio” at Hirut Cafe on Friday September 23rd (acoustic instrumental jazz) Check SHOWS for details.

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About Daniel’s albums; A co-production with David Travers-Smith, his debut release “Culmination” (2003) broke him at national jazz radio. It features six original pieces and his arrangement of five jazz standards. Fifteen musicians, some of Canada’s finest, were harnessed to create “a varied & interesting program” - Jim Galloway for Wholenote Magazine.

Daniel’s follow up "Classic Beauties” (2007) is melodic swinging jazz, classic in feel. All original compositions set for acoustic quintet.  "Barnes compositions specializse in relentlesly thrusting music of broad appeal and warmth that give bandsmen broad latitude to wail .... “ said Geoff Chapman at The Toronto Star. Both albums feature top Canadian jazz names.

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Daniel endorses Gretsch Drums, Murat Diril Cymbals & Headhunter Sticks.