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  • Daniel Blake

    Part-time Lecturer

    Email
    blaked@newschool.edu

    Office Location
    A - Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall - 66 West 12th Street

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    Daniel Blake

    Profile

    Since moving to New York City in 2006, saxophonist, composer and educator Dan Blake has developed a wide-ranging career as a contemporary composer and performer that “regards tradition as a welcoming playground best approached with a sense of wonder and adventure” (The Boston Globe). He has released four critically acclaimed albums as a leader, most recently Da Fé (Sunnyside Records, 2021) and has recorded and toured with leading artists such as Esperanza Spalding, Anthony Braxton, Kenny Werner, and many others. As an activist, Daniel Blake sits on the board of Buddhist Global Relief, an international organization supporting the struggle against hunger and malnutrition. He also is on the New York State culture/arts committee of the Poor People's Campaign and regularly produces events for activist organizations working on behalf of social justice causes. Daniel Blake holds a Ph.D. in composition from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.


    Degrees Held

    B.A., Child Development (Tufts University)

    B.M., Jazz Saxophone (New England Conservatory of Music)

    M.M., Composition (Brooklyn College, CUNY)

    Ph.D., Composition (Graduate Center, CUNY)


    Professional Affiliation

    Society for Music Theory

    Society for American Music

    College Music Society

    American Composers Forum

    ASCAP


    Recent Publications

    Teaching Activism Through Jazz (Jazz Ed. Magazine, 2021)

    "Space Is The Place: Composition in New York's Improvised Music Scene" (American Music Review, 2016)

    My Visit to Kenya's Grow Biontensive Agricultural Center (Helping Hands, 2017)

     


    Research Interests

    Music Theory

    Metaphor studies

    Philosophy of Music


    Current Courses

    Music and Platform Co-ops

    Underground Music Scenes

    Underground Music Scenes (Paris Spring 2021)

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