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ABOUT


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Danielle Eva Schwob is a “notable cross-genre composer” (The New Yorker), “worldly musical chameleon” (TimeOut) and musical polymath, originally from London but currently based in New York City.  Widely recognized as one of the most exciting young voices in classical music today, she is also an acclaimed pop songwriter, film composer and music curator.  Her far-reaching talents and tireless work ethic have established her as a formidable force within the world of creative new music.

Her chamber and orchestral works have been performed by groups including American Modern Ensemble, The Nouveau Classical Project, Janus Trio, The Deviant Septet, Azure Ensemble, pianist Vicky Chow, violinist Jennifer Choi, flutist Eric Lamb, cellist Mike Nicolas, harpist Bridget Kibbey and the NYU Symphony as well as members of Alarm Will Sound, NY Philharmonic and The Knights, among others.  Schwob has received countless awards and commissions for her work from ChamberMusicNY, The American Composers Forum, The Sundance Institute, The Aaron Copland Fund For Music, Con Edison, ASCAP, BMI, The Atlantic Center for the Arts, Exploring the Metropolis and numerous others.  Performances of her work have been featured at venues including Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge and Philip Glass’s MATA Festival.

Schwob’s concert music is best characterized by an introspective tone, expressive melodies and atmospheric sound worlds.  She is interested in creating work that feels elegant yet visceral and otherworldly, drawing inspiration from the romantic and minimalist traditions as well as her “deep roots in rock music” (New York Times). Her vivid, colourful compositions have been praised as being “dark and beautiful” (Consequence of Sound), "dynamic" (Brooklyn Vegan), “hard-edged” (NY Times), “thoughtful” (Flavorpill), “satisfyingly dark (Sequenza21) and “an emotional exorcism” (Sonic Scoop) that "straddles the words of pop and indie-classical" (Broadway World). Her work has been featured on radio/TV stations across the U.S., most notably NPR and NY1.

Having grown up in London, playing guitar in rock bands and jazz ensembles as well as writing music, Schwob moved to New York to study classical composition formally at New York University and The Manhattan School of Music.  An eclectic background has enabled her to have success beyond the concert stage.  Selected projects include a successful pop EP Overloaded (co-produced with Platinum-selling producer Ido Zmishlany), a forthcoming record with three time Grammy-winning producer David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Muse, Sinead O’Connor) and sync licenses with Vimeo’s one-million-plus user video app Cameo.

As a performer and arranger, Schwob has worked on projects with artists including Philip Glass and Tara Hugo, Ben Folds, The Pogues, David Simon (creator of The Wire, Treme) Dar Williams, Sxip Shirey, Rhys Chatham, Corn Mo, members of The Polyphonic Spree and Red Hot Chili Peppers.  She has also worked on Shakespeare in the Park, a David Attenborough documentary and numerous Hollywood film soundtracks. SYZYGY New Music, the ensemble and concert series that she founded alongside percussionist Frank Tyl with the goal of promoting exciting new artists, has also earned praise as “astronomical” (Tribeca Film Festival) and “mind-blowing” (Unveiled Arts) and was featured in the New York Times. Recent scoring projects include a collaboration with Late Night With Seth Meyers writer Chioke Nassor on his debut feature How To Follow Strangers – an acclaimed indie starring Broad City’s Ilana Glazer that won numerous awards on the festival circuit, had a short theatrical release and was heavily advertised on the subway.

The past few years have seen Schwob’s classical career skyrocket.  In 2015 she premiered Three Self Portraits, a new triptych of solo works inspired by the work of David Hockney, Francis Bacon and Lucian Freud, as part of a two-composer portrait concert with avant-garde luminary John Zorn.  The piece was debuted by pianist Vicky Chow, violinist Jennifer Choi and cellist Mike Nicolas alongside the world premiere of Zorn’s Pulitzer Prize shortlisted piano trio The Aristos.  The previous year saw the Lincoln Center debut of Schwob’s harp and string quartet piece Lights In The Dark, which was commissioned by ChamberMusicNY and chosen as a NY Times Critic’s Pick.  In 2012 she produced and performed at a “starry alt-classical” (NY Times) benefit concert for Hurricane Sandy featuring ETHEL String Quartet, Sxip Shirey, violinist Todd Reynolds and many others, leading to features on NY1, TimeOut and many other outlets.

In 2016 Virginia Parker Prize-winning harpist Caroline Cole will premiere Schwob’s newly commissioned piece for solo harp in conjunction with Astral Artists in Philadelphia.  Other projects include the release of two new albums – one of her classical music and one of her pop writing - as well as collaborations with numerous other NY-based ensembles.

 

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NEWS


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MEDIA


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MUSIC

Three Self Portraits - I.  David Hockney (solo violin)

SHIVER (Harp, Flute + VIBRAPHONE)

THREE SELF PORTRAITS - III.  FRANCIS BACON (SOLO CELLO)

BREATHING UNDERWATER (Harp, flute + viola)

LIGHTS IN THE DARK (STRING QUARTET + HARP)

MEHR LICHT - Live (Mixed Septet)

TRAVELING NORTH (FLUTE + VIBRAPHONE)

CABIN IN THE ROCKIES - Guitar ARRANGEMENT (MIXED ENSEMBLE)

ZODIAC - FILM SCORE (STRING QUARTET)

ALWAYS IN MY HEAD (MIXED ENSEMBLE)

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LIVE GALLERY

Photos courtesy of Krys Fox and Adrian Buckmaster

VIDEO

Three Self Portraits - III. Francis Bacon


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PRESS


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PRESS


notable cross-genre composer Danielle Eva Schwob
— The New Yorker
...new solos and trios by two dynamic composers, Danielle Eva Schwob and John Zorn.
— Brooklyn Vegan
The usually sweet sound of flute, harp, and vibraphone was somehow given a satisfyingly dark or even slightly ominous edge in Danielle Schwob‘s ‘Shiver.’
— Sequenza21
hard-edged
— The New York Times
...worldly musical chameleon Danielle Eva Schwob
— TimeOut NY
The program included a new work for piano, violin, and cello by New York based composer Danielle Schwob as well as a selection “44 Duos for Two Violins” by Béla Bartók. The Schwob trio, written in 2009, was the newest piece on the program. Entitled “Music for Releasing Ghosts”, it without a doubt lives true to its name. The violin and cello, through shrieks and cries, take the lead role in what seems to be the release of one’s own inner demons, while the piano supports and reinforces this emotional exorcism.
— Sonic Scoop
cinematic [and] expansive
— New York Music Journal
a London-born composer, singer and guitarist with deep roots in rock music
— The New York Times
Danielle Eva Schwob even wrote a piece of slow, consonant, tonal arpeggios, emoting like a nocturne...Shayna Dunkelman’s dark and beautiful washes of minor key vibraphone progressions during Schwob’s Sagittarius, with clarinetist Bill Kalinkos’s fleeting trills sounding almost like bits of electronic sound.
— Consequence of Sound
...genre-bending composer Danielle Eva Schwob
— TimeOut NY
…blowing a creative space for herself so big that you could drive a truck through it. The young, UK-born composer does pretty much everything…nothing seems to be off the table for the dynamic Schwob.
— American Composers Forum
honest, [a] thoughtful demeanor”
— Joonbug
truly terrific
— WRIU 90.3FM
thoughtful [and] honest
— Flavorpill
engaging
— icareifyoulisten
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