Drummer Composer Bandleader Producer
Both of Daniel's full length album releases feature Daniel as a drummer, composer, producer, & bandleader. They have become staples on jazz radio in Canada!
His current project is The Barnes & Woldemichael Ethio-Jazz Quartet which features top ranking Ethiopian born saxophonist Mr. Girma Woldemichael. Ethiopian-Jazz Classics and Daniel's Original Compositions entwine for a truly International Jazz Sound . See "Ethiojazz" for more on that story. .
Daniel's dynamic sense, quality of sound, groove & versatility keep him active as a support drummer in Jazz & Global music fields.
He is spending much of this summer on tour in England & Europe with Ethiopian keyboard legend Mr. Hailu Mergia! He’s back in Toronto for some local dates in August. Check Shows for details.
His record releases are found at Bandcamp.com.
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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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