Daniel Susnjar Jazz Quartet featuring Jamie Oehlers, Kristian Borring and Soon Long Lee
Tuesday 11 June 7.00pm
Known internationally for his expertise and innovation in the field of Afro-Peruvian Jazz, multi award-winning Western Australian drummer/composer Daniel Susnjar offers a rare evening of original jazz quartet music featuring world-class musicians from around the globe Jamie Oehlers – sax (Aus), Kristian Borring – guitar (UK) and Soon Yong Lee – bass (Korea).
Daniel Susnjar has performed and recorded with world-renowned artists including Steve Miller, Gretchen Parlato, Greg Osby, Peter Bernstein, Sam Rivers, Danilo Perez, Dave Douglas, Dr G Yunupingu, Chris Potter, Hossam Ramzy, Mark O’Connor, Brian Lynch, Nicole Henry, Gary Burton, Pharrell Williams, Victor Wooten, Patti Austin, Steve Bailey, Ky-Mani Marley, Martin Bejerano, Gloria Gaynor, Geoffrey Keezer, Carmen Bradford, Wycliffe Gordon, Sammy Figueroa, Jon Secada, Kevin Mahogany, Paul Bollenback, Take 6, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Arturo Sandoval.
Alongside jazz legends Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Terence Blanchard and Dave Grusin, Daniel is featured prominently on the 2014 Sony CD/DVD release “Jazz and the Philharmonic.”
As director of the Daniel Susnjar Afro-Peruvian Jazz Group, he has released three critically-acclaimed albums (“Su Su Nje” in 2014, “Moth to a Flame” in 2016 and “Spark” in 2018), toured throughout Australia and the USA, and has won multiple awards including the 2017 APRA/AMCOS Art Music WA State Award, the 2017 and 2016 WAM awards for Best Jazz Act, the 2018 and 2016 WAM award for Best Drummer/Percussionist, the 2015 Australian Jazz Bell Awards (2 categories) and the 2015 WAM Jazz Song of the Year award. In 2018, Speedball (high-level Australian jazz group which Daniel co-founded in 2001) won the Australian Jazz Bell Award for Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year.
His solo drum improvisations can be heard throughout the James Bogle-directed documentary film “Whiteley,” winner in 4 categories at the 2017 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards, and winner of the 2017 APRA/AMCOS Screen Music Award for “Best Music for a Documentary.”
From 2008-2013, Daniel earned his Doctoral and Masters degrees from the University of Miami Frost School of Music – where he was a teaching assistant, full scholarship student, Henry Mancini Institute fellow, and drummer for the prestigious Frost Concert Jazz Band. His intensive research into Afro-Peruvian Jazz drumming during this time included performances and in-depth study throughout the Caribbean Islands, Peru and the USA – culminating in the publication of his Doctoral dissertation entitled “A Methodology for the Application of Afro-Peruvian Rhythms to the Drumset for Use in a Contemporary Jazz Setting.”
Since returning to Australia, Daniel has maintained an active schedule comprised of creative, wide-ranging musical activities throughout Australia and the USA. His mission is to push forward with culturally diverse musical productions and workshops which openly welcome community participation and inclusion.
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