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Overview

Training and professional studies

Composer, arranger, producer, multi-instrumentalist. Born in Argentina, Daniel Díaz has Spanish and Argentinean citizenships and speaks Spanish, English, French and Portuguese.

He studied music in Buenos Aires (theory, electric bass, harmony, counterpoint, ear training) and attended to several courses and clinics such as: orchestration with Carlos Franzetti, Improvisation with Gary Burton, Production and Bass with Pedro Aznar, Tango History and Language with Horacio Salgan, and Argentine folkloric rhythms with "Cuchi" Leguizamon.

In 1992 and 1996 he travelled the USA where he studied improvisation (with Bruce Gertz and Oscar Stagnaro at Berklee College of Music In Boston) and bass (with Mark Egan and Percy Jones in New York City and Alexis Skjlarevsky in LA.). DD moved to Paris in 1997 where he took upright bass classes with Michel Benita and François Rabbat.
 

Pprofessional career

For 20 years he developed an important carer as a session and backing musician in Argentina and Europe, playing other instruments among with bass, and toured and recorded with many jazz, rock, fusion, Latin and Tango bands.

Simultaneously he worked an arranger, producer and musical director with many projects and artists the USA, Argentina and Europe.

Since 1997 he lives in Paris, France, where he continued both his session musician and his arranger/producer careers, recording and performing live all around the world. He played/toured/recorded with: Juan Carlos Caceres, Raul Barboza, Magik Malik, Minino Garay, Elise Caron, Francis Lalanne, Peio Serbielle, Jorge Chaminé, Teresa Berganza, Renaud, Miguel Angel Estrella, Tryo, Alfredo Arias, Cuerteto Cedron,  among many others.

 

Solo Albums
From 1992 to 1997, in Buenos Aires, he played his compositions live with his own band, and started a solo recording carer with the
worldwide release in 1995 by North American label Green Linnet/Xenophile, of his first album "The Years Alone". In this album Daniel Diaz composed, arranged and performed 11 of his songs composed between 1986 and 1993. He played most of the instruments, but included guest appearances by some great South American players.

He continued this recording career with "Segundo Ciclo"
(1997)  released worldwide by Timeless Records, and 10 more albums released between 2000 and 2015.

 

Present time, Production music, Films/TV:

2006 - Present  Late 2005 he started working for French publisher Cezame/FLE as composer and producer-multi-instrumentalist for several albums on their catalogue (Music library).

He continues his work for Cezame and started a career as composer and multi-instrumentalist for films, TV and documentaries, working for some of the finest Music Libraries and Publishers in Europe, U.S.A. and Canada (Sonoton, Getty, APM, etc). More than 530 of his composition are licensed to these publishers worldwide.

He performs guitars and basses for the soundtrack of the film Undertow composed by Selma Mutal, and continues his work as composer for TV/Films.  November 2009: he composed and performed the original music for Tennessee William’s “Suddenly, Last Summer” directed by Réné Loyon.

In March 2012 he composes and performs O.S.T. for the short film « Quitte Ou Double »  by Alexandre Coffre featured on  Cannes festival 2012 (France).

In the  present Daniel Diaz continues this new career as on demand film composer while he  keeps playing live an producing at a reduced pace: concerts with Raul Barboza Trio and Norberto Pedreira Trio, and his own solo output.

 

Recently, news:

2017

• 2017 (since 2005) Production music composer, commission music for Music Libraries and publishers:
Getty Images (119 tracks), Pacifica Music (20 tracks) and Omnimusic (15 tracks)
Sonoton GmbH in Germany (178 tracks), Music Vine (UK) (9 tracks)
Cezame Music Agency (Frédéric Leibovitz Editeur) in France, (235 tracks)
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• Contract with Sonoton for the release of DD’s 50 Snapshots.

• DD signs with British publisher and online music library
Music Vine 


2016

• DD completes the recording and the on-line publication of a comprehensive catalogue of his multi-instrumentalists palette: 50 Snapshots 
New collections for TV/Films (released by Sonoton GmbH)  "Minimalist Steel Drums" 30 tracks composed and performed by Daniel Diaz
 

2015
• D.D. is invited to the  professional encounters at the Festival International Du Film d'Aubagne
Some new tracks released by Cezame Music Agency for their collection "Eastern Europe Geopolitics"
New collections for TV/Films (projects commissioned by publishers) and mixed during the first months of 2015: Metal Works and Delete, Erase, And Other Solutions.
• American luthier Andrew Drake developed in collaboration with DD a 5 string electric bass for Daniel Diaz's solo  work, the  
DIAZ CUSTOM 5, this instrument was completed in April 2015, the first recording with it took place in July 2015, an example here

• American publisher Omnimusic releases a new album "Equinox", a collection including mostly DD'scompositions (from his collections "Delete, Erase.." and "Electronica Sensible"

2014
• New releases for Cezame, Getty and Sonoton (production music).
Bordertracks vinyl LP finaly released.
• Starts recording his last solo album,
Swan Song
• December 2014:  releases a collection of electronic music tracks created for different audio-visuals projects during 2012-2013-2014: electronica sensible.

2013
New projects (artistic and production music) :

Ruta 40 with  Raul Barboza (Album for Cezame)
The Time (30 track album solo for Sonoton)
Themes, a collection of some of his best themes for films and TV.
Just Bass (Album with Daniel Finot et Arnaud Rozenblat, for Cezame)
Zara
Co-producing and arranging for Peio Serbielle's new album  with co-producer Patrick Bebey. Featuring Giles Servat and Karen Matheson
 

 

Please check Discography  for discography and collaborations.

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"Was it not Fate, that, on this July midnight
Was it not Fate, (whose name is also Sorrow,)
That bade me pause before that garden-gate,
To breathe the incense of those slumbering roses?
No footstep stirred: the hated world an slept,
Save only thee and me." E.A.P.