final "disc" by Daniel Diaz 2014-2015
Twenty years ago I finished my first album The Years Alone; I signed
the contract with Green Linnet in May 1994 in New York and the album was
released in 1995. This was a long time ago in a different world where
something they used to call the "music business" still existed. I will
always remember fondly those days near the end of the twentieth century, ,
where you could actually record homemade cassettes of your music, send them
to Record Labels, and eventually get that call, telling you that somebody
liked your music and was willing to release it. It happened to me back in
1993 (and then again for Segundo Ciclo in 2002). But those days are
Nowadays the full concept of "disc", "album release", or "discography"
sounds archaic , particularly for independent, poorly known, gender blending
recording artists like me. But this collection of personal compositions is
something I want to leave in a physical format to properly close the
stylistic output I began 20 years ago. This is surely the last time
I release a plastic and cardboard disc. After this one I'll keep composing
and recording off course, but I'll look for another way to show people what
I do. Discs belong to a bygone era for me. (I said this while being, still,
a compulsive record buyer)
This album is called Swan Song. Here you will find a new chapter in
the search I started with my first album in 1993. In terms of style, Swan
Song can be considered as the third part of a trilogy (started with
The Years Alone and Segundo Ciclo in between) 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. In Swan Song 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
Like the two aforementioned discs, I asked for help from some musicians 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 of all
this, that is, for me, simplicity and beauty prevail over technique.
If there is something complicated or “difficult” here is subliminal and
hidden to the sensitive ear. Ideally the technical sophistication of the
composer should never get in the way of beauty, melodies and emotion.
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, that I
DD, Paris December 2014
track list, excerpts and credits
BUY SWAN SONG
If you would like to be informed of this
release or other DD activities, please join his mailing list in the field
here or (simpler) do send an email to info(at)dedeland.com with MAILING LIST in
the subject field and your choice of language.
Thanks for your interest and support.
info and track list