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, […]

Bucharest Intl Jazz Competition: Finals and Gala Concert

The Dan Cavanagh Dallas Trio has been selected by the jury to perform in the finals and gala concert at the 2013 Bucharest International Jazz Competition. Dan is joined in his trio by Brian Mulholland, bass, and Jaime Reyes, drums. The concert will take place at the Odeon Theater, Bucharest, on Saturday, May 25, 2013 […]

Dan Cavanagh Dallas Trio at Bucharest International Jazz Competition

My Dallas trio, with bassist Brian Mulholland and drummer Jaime Reyes, was accepted into the semi-final round at the Bucharest International Jazz Competition.We’ll be headed to Bucharest, Romania to perform several times between May 18 and 25! More info about the competition here.

‘Iolani Stage Band to premiere “The Owl King”

The ‘Iolani Stage Band, directed by trombonist Curtis Abe, will be premiering my composition The Owl King for jazz band in Kröv and Ibbenbüren, Germany this week. The piece is inspired by an old Hawaiian legend, which I wrote about in another post, The Legend of Kapo’i. You can read more about their performances in […]

Dowsing -Working with Katharine Rauk’s Poem

[You can view Katharine Rauk's poem "Dowsing" here.] From Poem to Movement I’m finally beginning to be in the actual writing stage of the concerto (rather than sketches and diagrams). I am working on the first movement, which is based on Katharine Rauk’s poem, “Dowsing.” Rauk’s first chapbook of poetry, Basil, has been lauded by critics. […]