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Danny Clay

San Francisco, CA      


Danny Clay is a composer and teaching artist from Ohio, currently based in San Francisco. His work is deeply rooted in curiosity, collaboration, and the sheer joy of making things. His projects often incorporate musical games, open forms, found objects, archival media, toy instruments, classrooms of elementary schoolers, graphic notation, digital errata, cross-disciplinary research, and the everything-in-between.

Recent collaborators include Kronos Quartet, Third Coast Percussion, Sarah Cahill, Phyllis Chen, Quince Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, concert:nova + the Cincinnati Ballet, the Chamber Music Festival of Lexington, as well as several groups in the Bay Area, including the Mobius Trio, Friction Quartet, Nonsemble 6, the Living Earth Show, New Keys, and others.

As a teaching artist specializing in composition with elementary schoolers, he has worked with Little Opera, the San Francisco Opera, 826 Valencia, Thingamajigs, the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Composers and Schools in Concert (CSIC), and currently curates Project Object, a net-label of experimental music by kids.

 He also serves as a resident curator at the Center for New Music in San Francisco, sporadic host of Music from Other Minds on KALW radio, and occasional writer for I Care If You Listen blog and magazine.

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Articles December 8 2017 | By Danny Clay
The Art of Play

“How can I make the act of creating new art feel less like work and more like PLAY?” Danny Clay has been asking this question of himself and others to...