Society of Composers Inc (SCI) National Conference 2015

I’m excited to be at the Society of Composers, Inc. (SCI) national conference this weekend at the University of Florida. Members of their jazz ensemble will be performing my piece Moonless for jazz septet. This organization is a wonderful group that serves composers, and is a great way to connect performers and composers in the spirit of collaboration and sharing. Looking forward to hearing a bunch of other great music as well!

Speed Writing – Handout from Reno Jazz Festival

I gave a clinic at the Reno Jazz Festival this past weekend and didn’t bring enough handouts. The clinic was about Speed-Writing – one way to deal with being stuck when composing. Here you go! Speed Writing [pdf]

Things I Like – New Recording

I’m pleased to announce the release of a new, digital-only recording by the John Adler Trio! Titled “Things I Like”, the recording features tunes by John and myself. The trio is rounded out by drummer extraordinaire Jaime Reyes. Hear samples and purchase here:

Inspiration, Depth, and Artistic Profundity

I gave a talk at the University of Northern Colorado on Oct. 30 called Inspiration, Depth, and the Other Side of the Coin: Music, Poetry and Artistic Profundity. It was presented by Dr. John Adler and the UNC School of Music, and funded by the Schulze Interdisciplinary Speaker Series. I attached my PowerPoint slides: Schulze […]

New Recordings Out with Dan Cavanagh’s Music on Them!

Two new recordings have come out featuring my composing and piano playing! First, Latin-Grammy winning group, the AfroBop Alliance, led by drummer Joe McCarthy, released Angel Eyes on Zoho Records. The record contains my arrangement of Wayne Shorter’s “This Is for Albert.” Downbeat magazine gives it a review of 4.5 stars out of 5 and […]

Insistent Music – TEDxUTA Talk

My TEDxUTA talk, “Insistent Music,” is now available for online viewing. In my talk, I discuss why musicians like me (and by extension, all artists) continue to create works of art that are at once challenging to appreciate but full of meaning. I also have a post with these ideas more fully-fleshed out. That post includes […]

Insistent Music – Full Text

What follows is a written counterpoint, somewhat more fully fleshed-out, to my TEDxUTA Talk, “Insistent Music.” You can view the video of the talk on my website here. Insistent Music I’m a jazz musician. I play and compose music that 99% of the world doesn’t really get, like, or care to understand. Society is often […]

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ECHO Composers

I am happy to announce that much of my published music for big band is now available through the ECHO Composers publishing initiative. Here’s a blurb from the site: ECHO Composers seeks to change the way composers and ensembles interact. Comprised of award-winning composers from across America, ECHO focuses on sustainable and ongoing relationships. We […]

Strange Times in American Culture

[After posting this on Facebook today, I decided I’d bring it over to a more permanent home here on my site.] It’s a strange time in American culture right now. Osmo Vanska just resigned from the Minnesota Orchestra, prompting Aaron Jay Kernis to resign. The storied New York City Opera is moving to declare bankruptcy, […]