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Performing / Recording Artist
I am a classically-trained violinist and pianist and have studied music composition for visual media and orchestral conducting. I have extensive experience as both a performing and recording artist across several genres of music. I also have experience working on multi-media and interdisciplinary projects. Under Media Files, I’ve included a short reel of my composition work and a concert clip from a solo violin recital.
Cellist / Film Composer
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Professional Cellist and Composer with 16 years of experience in Performing, Theory, and Composing. I can provide expertise on all things: Audition tips, Composition, Theory (Classical and Jazz), Performance Prep, Music Production/ Film Scoring, and Improv. Check out my site and credits www.casscomposes.com
Daniel Aaron Ramirez
Producer / Composer / Arranger
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Described by the New York Times as “magically atmospheric” and a “vivid capsule of self-expression, often at impressive levels of accomplishment,” his compositions blend the intricacy of art music with the natural flow of jazz and folk music into a seamless whole.
Daniel creates music with a breadth and scope that reflects his unique and distinctive experiences as a Mexican-American composer. Born in El Paso, Texas, Daniel studied composition, conducting, and jazz trumpet at Mannes Conservatory, New School University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. Over the last two decades, he has distinguished himself by engaging in diverse musical idioms.
Daniel’s work in the theatre includes being music director of multiple off-Broadway productions at St. Annes Warehouse and The Kitchen and the famed Experimental Theatre Wing at NYU. He toured Japan several times with Japanese icon Senri Oe as music director, conductor, and arranger.
Daniel’s arrangements for Sting, Plácido Domingo, and Orpheus Chamber Ensemble are a few examples of the sweeping range of his musical vision. His music has been featured at the River to River Festival, Savannah Music Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival and performed by the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, and Tokyo Philharmonic. He will be collaborating with the Fresh Squeezed Opera Company in the Summer of 2022, and his album Octubre is set to be released in the Fall of 2023. Daniel is currently completing his first opera, The Tragedy of La Llorona.
Classical Violinist / Contemporary Music Specialist
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Violinist Sharan Leventhal has toured four continents as a soloist, chamber musician, and teacher. She has garnered over 30 grants and awards from such institutions as the NEA, Aaron Copland Fund for Music Recording, Chamber Music America, New Music USA, the International Contemporary Music Festival in Darmstadt, Germany, and the Fromm and Koussevitzky Foundations.
She has premiered well over 160 works. Leventhal's love of contemporary music has taken her down new and unexpected paths. In 1986, she formed Marimolin with marimbist Nancy Zeltsman, effectively launching a new chamber music genre. In addition to premiering works by other composers, the duo also composes original material for their ensemble.
She recorded a 3 cd set (with the Kepler Quartet) of Ben's Johnston's string quartet cycle written in extended just intonation. Disc two was on numerous best classical CDs of 2011 lists, including “Disc of the Year” in Fanfare Magazine, and placed second in the category of best chamber music release of 2011 in BBC International. Interdisciplinary projects include La Resistencia, a music video with Marimolin and composer Leo Blanco dedicated to the youth of Venezuela, Goodness, a music video with Marimolin and Like Rain In A Drought, a collaborative endeavor for violin, marimba, composition, and dance focusing on social activism.
Other projects include Where Sound and Motion Meet (Gramercy Trio), an interactive exploration of the link between music and dance, and Sound Thinking: An Insider's Perspective on Making and Understanding Music, a look at the evolution of western art musical language. Equally active in traditional venues, Leventhal has appeared as a soloist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra; the Toledo, Milwaukee, Gulf Coast, Topeka, Dayton and Albany symphonies and the Wisconsin, Cleveland, and Santa Rosa chamber orchestras, among others.
She is a founding member of Marimolin, Kepler Quartet, and Gramercy Trio, and can be heard on the New World, Northeastern, Newport Classic, Naxos, Navona, GM and Catalyst labels. She is a professor at Boston Conservatory at Berklee and Berklee College of Music.