Dr. Daniel Kennedy
holds a masters degree in music from California Institute of the Arts, and a doctoral degree in percussion performance from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, under the guidance of multi-percussionist Raymond DesRoches, hand-drum specialist John Bergamo, and tabla master Swapan Chaudhuri. Daniel has been the founding member of several contemporary music ensembles, including the California E.A.R. Unit and the Talujon Percussion Quartet, and has performed throughout the United States, Europe, India, Bali, and Japan. Described as a "subtly graceful soloist" and a "stellar performer" in the San Francisco Chronicle, he has been featured as a percussion soloist for the California Arts Council Touring Program, and has an extensive list of recordings to his credit. His concert appearances have included performances of Steven Mackey’s Micro-Concerto at Washington’s Kennedy Center and the Los Angeles County Museum, the US premieres of Mei-Fang Lin’s "Multiplication Virtuelle" and Franco Donatoni’s “Mari” at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, with the So Percussion Quartet at the “Other Minds” Festival, and with the New York New Music Ensemble at the “CSU Summer Arts Festival.” Daniel has been a member of the San Francisco Contemporary Music Players since 1993, and is currently the Instructor of Percussion at Sacramento State.
The percussion program
at Sacramento State, chaired by Dr. Kennedy, offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music degrees in percussion performance. Excellent facilities are provided for this diverse program, in which the percussionist may explore a variety of repertoire through participation in the University Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Marching Band, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, and Percussion Ensemble. Through private instruction, the program provides intensive study of the snare drum, timpani, mallet keyboards, and multiple percussion, as well as hand-drum classes in Indian tabla and Middle Eastern percussion. In addition to the study of percussion ensemble literature, orchestral excerpts, contemporary chamber music, and ethnic percussion, the student will be exposed to a variety of solo literature, in preparation for recital performances. The musically rewarding environment at CSU Sacramento will provide the percussionist with the technical skills, musical knowledge, and artistic ability required to meet the variety of musical demands encountered in the professional world today.
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