Press Quotes

“On Swan Song, producer and composer Daniel Diaz plays acoustic and electric basses, guitars and pianos, vibes, hang, harmonium, percussion, accordina, charango, ukulele, and synths, along with 15 guest musicians from four continents, to depict a world uniquely his own. It is a culmination of his many talents, showcasing his meticulous attention to detail in every respect.
Though this album is the capstone of a trilogy, preceded by The Years Alone (1995, Green Linnet/Xenophile) and Segundo Ciclo (2002, Timeless Records), it lives by its own manifesto. It’s a peaceful one, whose tenets are best expressed in the five “bonus” tracks that end the album, and which reveal equally personal facets of an artist who speaks of his love for travel through tunes like “Palermo” and “New York Polonaise,” taking listeners through a veritable flipbook of his experience with a humility that can only come from a worldly soul.”
 – Tyran Grillo, Rootsworld september 2016

 

“Multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, and producer, Daniel Diaz, releases a new album, Swan Song, which is an instrumental gem that includes sixteen tracks and a total running length of nearly seventy-eight minutes long. The Argentinean-native brings together South American nuances, jazz melodies, new age arrangements, and laid-back, cinematic compositions for a truly world music recording…
…Swan Song, may be a cliché, but that is where the fun begins. Throughout the sixteen tracks, Daniel brings out rousing rhythms, evocative melodies, a slew of instruments and guests, and a frolic through jazz, neo-classical, roots, new age, and avant-garde music.  The result is a fusion of sorts that mainly experiments with the instrumental side of things with a few radio voices added in one track.  Listeners should expect an album of surprises, as this is not a traditional album, vocal album, or rock album.  It is an almost indescribable melding of South American and Mayan elements for today’s listeners.”

–  Matthew Forss, November 2015                                                    Rating:  5 stars (out of 5)

 

“Daniel Díaz is Argentinean. Listen to his debut recording ‘The Years Alone’ and you will hear the rhythms of the zamba and the chacarera. You will also hear how the musical heritage has been informed by the composer’s absorption of the “outside”  influences, particularly the jazz, rock, and music synthesis technology of North America. This is a new music, shaped by the irresistible influence Argentina has on her children, and by the perspective and know-how of its creator, Daniel Díaz.
The Years Alone’  has the self-assured, unassuming  character of a natural merging of past and present. The 11 selections  are his own compositions, based in spirit and rhythm on the folklore of his land, and feature his expressive and melodic bass playing and abilities as multi instrumentalist. Díaz’s studies of jazz and classical idioms and affinity for contemporary harmony and technology are evident  throughout, and put an unique stamp on his particular expression of the argentine soul.
A synthesized orchestral section may serve equally well beneath a modern bass and keyboard unison melody, or as an accompaniment to the haunting , melancholic bandoneon. Drum machine co-exists with bombo leguero (the skin-covered drum that is the heart beat of Argentinean traditional music).
Diaz is joined by a variety of South American players contributing their own musical voices on instruments both native and foreign to Argentina, including bandoneon, saxophones, quena and tabla.
The result is a music that is unmistakably infused with the argentine soul, and equally blessed with the spirit of its composer”
– Dan Greenspan, Boston, 1995

 

“Au décours d’une carrière discographique de plus de vingt cinq ans, Daniel DIAZ nous propose « SWAN SONG » (DeDeLand Music), le troisième volet d’une trilogie entamée en 1995. La parution est annoncée pour le 05 février 2016. Il a compilé des compositions écrites sur une longue période, dans des lieux différents et des styles variés.
Le titre annonce clairement qu’il s’agit du dernier opus physique de l’artiste qui fait le choix dorénavant de se consacrer uniquement à la musique à l’image, à la musique de film, à des sorties numériques de ses compositions et à ses performances de soliste.
Ce compositeur, arrangeur vit en France. Il s’est promené dans tous les styles. Du tango à la fusion world-jazz il a joué avec les plus grands de toutes les disciplines. Dans cet album la technicité est au service de la beauté et de la simplicité. Les mélodies sensibles et les rythmiques multiples évoquent des paysages, des images. et voilà bien ce que l’artiste souhaite générer”.
– Blog Latins de Jazz. Nicole & Bernard VIDEMANN – Jan 2016

 

“..there seems to be no limits to his talents: composing, arranging, and playing bass, synths, drums, and guitar. There are some sparkling moments on his albums, some new ideas, and some glimmers of real depth. Every song has a moment of brightness….”
– Cliff Furnald, Roots World, New Heaven, USA.

 

 “The performance and composition on the album are undeniably impressive. Using seven different basses (upright, acoustics, and electrics), Diaz achieves many different sounds and tones from his instruments. Perhaps the most impressive performances are the unaccompanied solo bass tracks like “Zamba Desilucion” and “Farewell.” Diaz’s bow work on “Abstract #2” is rhythmically driving, very exciting, and seems to draw on the glissando playing used so lovingly by composers such as Piazzolla. Low’s compositions lean on the contemporary and modern “classical” side. Many of the pieces are consistently thematic, which allows the listener to experience the compositions, rather than feeling like they are just sitting through a bass tour de force (although it is in fact a bass tour de force!). The entire album is strongly melodic and contrapuntal, and with the (enjoyable) exceptions of the improvised and abstract pieces, the compositions are very directional.”

– Silas Durocher, Saturday, May 03, 2008

 

“Sensual, Sweet, Somber, sad, sensational, sexy, night, fog, rain, clouds, clear skies, brillant stars, moon glow….are there any other words to describe this emotive music based on non traditional structures and forms? Let me just feel this music: something different again.”
 – April/May 1996 KVMR Program Guide, USA.

 

Inspirándose en los ritmos de su natal argentina, Díaz compone sus propios temas a los cuales les agrega una fuerte dosis de estructuras musicales tomadas del jazz, rock y música clásica. Son de destacar sus temas Moboro, La China y El Matador y Lluvias Costeras.”
– La Prensa de LOS ÁNGELES, Julio 1996

 

Für Liebhaber der träumerischen jazzvariante empfiehlt sich die CD des argentiniers Daniel Diaz…Sie bilden keinen Zusatz im Ensemble, sondern vervollkommnen und bereichern -auch in der Abminschung- den Gesamtklang. Eine interesante Ergansung inder CD-Samlung!

– Carola Faber, Jazz Podium Magazine, Germany

 

Les 2 Amériques parisiennes réunies autour d’un répertoire du cône sud, avec 3 gaillards de bonne stature : Daniel Diaz, bassiste et compositeur, vient d’Argentine, tout comme Javier Estrella, percu tous terrains. Bobby Rangell, lui, vient de l’autre Amérique, celle du nord, son sax et sa flûte sont familiers à toute la galaxie latino-parisienne. Ensemble, ils esquissent les contours d’un univers où tango argentin, candombé uruguayen et autres genres d’Amérique latine font bon ménage avec un jazz qu’ils pimentent à souhait. Hardi chemin de traverse.
– NOVA magazine, Paris France

 

Amazon Reviews

Multi-talented tour de force Rating: *****
A brilliant ‘sleeper’; hypnotic.

I don’t usually go for these 1-bloke-plays-everything dazzlers but Diaz has mastery of all his instruments – guitar, basses (fretless and harmonic), drums, keyboards, melodica – the lot.

Eleven superbly crafted tracks that will inspire other instrumentalists and wow those in need of a satisfying listen.

Superb production values (Mr Diaz again, yet another talented string to his polymath bow) and a worthy tribute to DD’s dedicatees, among them Miles and Piazzolla.

Cop a listen, and have credit card details ready to order. We need more like this.

Reviewer: Chris Holmes “busker” (Bainbridge Island, WA USA)

 

Cover Artwork

Daniel Diaz, Multi-Instrumentalist

50 Snapshots (that became 54 eventually)

In 2016 I created a “catalogue” of my instruments and sonic possibilities as a multi-instrumentalist. For that purpose I recorded  several short snippets with each and every instrument I own and play, performed solo or accompanied by other instruments, but one instrument at the time clearly in the spotlight.
The full set is available for streaming in a dedicated Soundcloud playlist here:

https://soundcloud.com/daniel-diaz/sets/50-snapshots-by-dd

I took pictures of the actual instruments when possible (there’ll be a couple of snapshots using my favorite samples, the rest is actual instruments I own).

The instruments I used are:

Ronroco (Bolivia)
Acoustic Upright Piano (Yamaha)
Tenor Ukulele & Concert Ukulele
Fretless Bass Guitar (my custom 1988 Sekine)
Acoustic Bass Guitar (1990’s Larrivée & Kelly Dragonfly 5 strings)
Fender Rhodes
Melodicas: Hohner Piano 36 and Yamaha Pianica
Spacedrum (C minor “Deep Sky” tunning)
Electric Bass Schecter 62 Jazz Bass & Drake Diaz Custom5
Electric Bass : nylon strings (my Epiphone Allen Woody)
Spanish Guitar (solo Kraus late 70’s custom)
Bells (bronze, aluminium)
Harmonium (India)
Accordina (by Marcel Dreux)
Charango (Argentina)
Epiphone Jazz Guitar
Qinqin (china)
Java fretless guitar (Indonesia)
Tun and other bamboo drums
Talking Drums & Udu Drums
Percussions (bombo, Kuntrun, derbouka, doumbek, caxixi, etc)
Cymbals (Zildjian, Paiste)
Folk Guitar (Martin J15)
Stratocaster Guitar (Clean, Disortion)
Indonesian flutes
Upright Bass: bowed (solo&section), pizz, noises and FX
Marimba and Xylophone (real & samples)
Glockenspiel and Vibes (real & samples)
Ocarinas and clay “birds”
Toy Piano
Strings fake or real? (combined samples and real performances of basses and cellos)
Crystal Bowls & Glass Harmonica (samples)
Arpeggiator synths, analog synths, vocoder.
Bass Ukulele (Kala U-Bass)
Tibetan Bowls

Work for TV, films and documentaries.

Besides his extensive work for some of the world’s finest Music Libraries, Daniel Diaz composes on demand music for films theatre and TV.
He works in Paris, France in his recording studio where he records, edits, and mixes his own projects and other clients music. He uses his mobile studio to capture sounds while travelling around the world. This gives him autonomy and a fast response to special request/commissions.

Daniel Diaz talents as a multi-instrumentalist allows him to create rich compositions as stand alone musician, performing: acoustic piano, acoustic and electric guitars and basses, upright bass (pizz and bowed), synthesizers, programming, ukelele, charango, harmonium, hang (hand pan), percussion, accordina, melodica, some indian flutes.
He use to call additional musicians from his roster in Paris, USA, Spain and Argentina, to perform woodwinds, drums, cello, violin, accordion, bandoneon and trumpet.

Production music libraries

You can find (and license several) other D.D.’s compositions on these international publisher’s catalogues and music libraries:

Cezame Music Agency

GettyImages

Sonoton GmbH

Omnimusic (USA)

Music Vine (UK)

Daniel Diaz’s compositions have been used on:

Soundcloud “thematic” playlists

You can find on Daniel Diaz Soundcloud channel many experimental tracks, works in-progress and collaborations.

DD created some playlists compiling tracks made (or suitable) for audio-visual projects.

Playlists are compiled by style/genre, most of this tracks are unpublished:

Orchestral-Acoustic

Ambient

Film Noir

Experimental- Noise

Experimental – ElectroAcoustic

Electro-Naif

World Instrumentals

There is also a playlist with a selection of DD’s production music and film/TV tracks, music already used:

Soundtrack Playlists

Online streaming profiles

Streaming profiles for Daniel Diaz official discography, singles, albums, EP.

Streaming profiles for Daniel Diaz official discography, singles, albums, EP.

Spotify, Apple iTunes, Youtube.

You can listen to Daniel Diaz’s music on most online streaming services (free and paid).

But the profiles that DedeLand controls and can guarantee “clean” of homonym artist’s music and unrelated tracks, and including full official discography are:

SPOTIFY https://open.spotify.com/artist/3zJXQgBRAEZRZZjndoogd5

APPLE MUSIC https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/daniel-diaz/1361697583

YOUTUBE https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2SZul24FutvDnDBLBwS__A

.

You can always stream and download HiRes files on Daniel Diaz’s Bandcamp store here:

https://danieldiaz.bandcamp.com/

Swan Song

Swan Song

Swan Song is the final statement (and final physical release) by Daniel Diaz after The Years Alone and Seguundo Cilco,in the same wolrd-jazz style.

Produced by Daniel Diaz

Recorded between 2009 and 2014 in Buenos Aires, Lanus and Villa Gesell (Argentina), Paris and Montreuil (France), Los Angeles (USA). Mixed and mastered 2015 in Paris.

Performed by

Daniel Diaz: acoustic and electric Basss, acoustic and electric guitars, requinto, upright bass, acoustic and electric piano, keyboards, vibes, hang, harmonium, percussion, accordina, charango, ukulele, programming.

Featuring :

Steve Arguelles (UK) Drums
Gustavo Bulgach (USA/Arg) Clarinet
Patrick Bebey (Cameroun) Fender  Rhodes
Javier Estrella (Argentina) Drums
Leandro Guffanti (Argentina) Soprano Sax
Damian Jarry (France) Cello
Line Kruse (Danemark) Violin
David Lewis (Australia) Flugel Horn
Olivier Manoury (France) Bandoneon
Daniel Miguez (Argentina) Drums
Norberto Pedreira (Arg/Fr) Guitar
Bobby Rangell (USA) Alto Sax, flutes
Luis Rigu (Arg/Fr) : Flutes
Inor Sotolongo (Cuba) Congas
Miguel Yanover (Argentina) Tenor Sax

Cover design by Sergio Pittaluga

Photo by Juan Hitters

ORDER Worldwide:
Bandcamp/Swan Song

CD & Download

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Swan Song (cover art) album by Daniel Diaz
swan song photo [c]juan hitters

Swan Song track list

  1. Otoño y Martes (love theme n°1)
  2. Os Historicos
  3. Romántica Cromática
  4. Antefinal                                    
  5. Ganimedes
  6. Erik Satie’s Farewell                   
  7. Alexis Luminoso                          
  8. Tristesse Collateral                     
  9. Same Old Song                          
  10. Harold’s Lake                 
  11. Resumé (Swan Song)

total time 47:26

Bonus Tracks:

  1. Palermo
  2. Neo Zamba (Fin de Siècle)        
  3. New York Polonaise                   
  4. Gandolfini Etc.
  5. Vignette L.A.                      

total time 29:23

Composed by Daniel Diaz.

Total full album time:  77:16

Liner notes:

This album is called Swan Song. Here you will find the last chapter in the research I started with my very first album in 1993. In terms of style, Swan Song can be considered as the third and last part of a trilogy (started with The Years Alone and Segundo Ciclo in between) of solo “composer” albums where I can also show my skills as a multi-instrumentalist and arranger, and gather compositions written in different places and times, with varied styles and instrumentations.

Like the two aforementioned discs, I asked for help from some friends that I like (people with whom I played and shared stages and recording studios over the years, and a couple of new partners). These great musicians gave life to these songs and added musicality and talent to Swan Song. They managed to interpret the meaning I intend of all this: simplicity and beauty prevail over technique.
Here you’ll find simple and catchy instrumental compositions with strong, sensitive melodies, passionate and sophisticated harmonies and atmospheres, rather gentle rhythms and a variety of instruments and sounds.
In Swan Song there are tracks with odd and irregular metric, unexplained modulations, dozens of time-signature changes, erroneous dissonances, tempo shifts, etc. But hopefully it all goes unnoticed (only visible to the musicians who read the sheet music and to those who try to transcribe this music).

So it is ok if this long record seem banal and simple to some listeners. But may the sensitivity it hides reach the hearts of some. It was made with all my soul and heart, I swear 

DD November 2014

Swan Song by my friend, the late great Sergio Pittaluga (Uruguay)
Swan Song by Sergio Pittaluga

landscapes, consonance & solitude

18 track compilation, 2006-2015
soundtrack and production music by daniel diaz
Download includes digital booklet.

landscapes, consonance & solitude

Track List:

1.ukelele & orchestra 02:48

2.ambiguo fukushima 02:46

3.siete 03:00

4.panamericana 1 03:03

5.vitae 03:07

6.ambiguo bachiano 02:13

7.berceuse d’été 03:04

8.electric bass phases 02:35

9.stratocaster pulses 03:42

10.panamericana 2 02:53

11.falso requiem 03:58

12.autumnal 02:55

13.l’aube 02:39

14.openness 03:12

15.sieste en bessin 02:10

16.prairie light 02:16

17.litoral mojacar 04:04

18.luna’s divertimento 02:03

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landscapes, consonance & solitude album by daniel diaz
landscapes, consonance & solitude

landscapes, consonance & solitude
a compilation 2006-2015
soundtrack and production music by daniel diaz

ambient, repetitive, minimalist, naïve, simple and sensitive instrumentals

Credits:

released August 22, 2015

album dynamic range DR 13
24 bit digital masters

performed by DD
(ukulele, multiple bowed upright basses, ronroco, upright bass pizz, charangos, 6 and 12 string electric and acoustic guitars, percussion, acoustic and electric bass guitars, xylophone, analogue synth, glockenspiel, requintos, voice, hang/spacedrum, upright piano , celesta, field drums,Indian harmonium, accordina, string orchestra samples.)

with gustavo bulgach (clarinet) and michel herbin (harmonica)

album cover © jasper van der meij

Electronica Sensible

Electronica Sensible

Old school electronic music, ambient-experimental-electronica

Track List :

Track List

  1. Combray
  2. Oxygen
  3. Voided
  4. Impressionniste (Wendy&Walter)
  5. Tachycardia
  6. Tapes
  7. La Falaise (Insensible)
  8. Morse
  9. Anomaly 484
  10. La Falaise (Theme)
  11. Nordic
  12. Equis (X)
  13. Plaintive (Background)
  14. Sand Pulses
  15. Plaintive (Theme)
  16. Tomita’s (Ice Flakes)
  17. Austral (Underscore)
  18. Instant 1103
  19. Instant 2251B
  20. Instant 6212PK
  21. Austral (Theme)

Total time 64:15 

Electronica Sensible by Daniel Diaz (album cover)
Electronica Sensible

Performed by Daniel Diaz

Total time 64:15 

Composed and performed by Daniel Diaz in Paris (France), Buenos Aires and Villa Gessell ( Argentina) during 2012-2013-2014.

Paris, France between March, 2005 and December, 2010

Available CD and Download:
Bandcamp/Electronica Sensible

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Electronica Sensible: liner notes

This collection started as an exercise on nostalgia meet fashionable electronic music. I’ve been asked in the past few years to score in a specific, “modern” style, inspired by late takes on electronic music like Cliff Martinez, electro-acoustic soundtracks like Johann Johansen and Clint Mansell and more abstract stuff like Alva Noto, Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto.

People who pushed me to revisit this recent and fashionable styles were really reticent to go in a more traditional, old-fashioned electronic school that proved to be very successful and efficient in film scoring on the 70’s and 80’s. Most notably the works of people like Vangelis and Giorgio Moroder. Now, that was outdated and dowdy. But as we know, what’s dated today will be fashionable again tomorrow and eventually I played the (illegal, I know) “Esper Edition” of the Blade Runner OST (that I cherish) to somebody who was crazy with the vintage sounds of Drive soundtrack and realized that, at least those old styles were “in” again.

But, besides the analog sounds, it was the compositions that charmed me when I was a kid and that I was missing the most in recent “electro-years”. Those “themes” and melodies spiced by electronica, those arrangements that could sound almost baroque and out-dated now.

I’ve found myself going back to those LPs I own, full of melodies and yet deeply electronic, from my first purchases (Wendy Carlos and Isao Tomita) to the recent Sakamoto haunting piano with electro-glitches collaborations, through Vangelis and Giorgio and some others.

Here for you, an hour of electronic themes; synthetizers and acoustic instruments, programming and real performances, melodies, chord changes and soundscapes; all as an homage to those electro masters.

                                                      D.D. Paris, 20th December 2014