Daniel J. Thompson (b. 1988 - Tulsa, OK) has a strong background as a pianist, guitarist, and bassist in jazz, rock, and folk musics, but assimilated the classical idiom in his late teens and early twenties. His eclectic compositional output is influenced by Alfred Schnittke, Olivier Messiaen, Alban Berg, György Ligeti, Jack/Meg White, Radiohead, Rush, Neil Young, and Thelonious Monk. Recent premieres include hourglass invention - performed by cellist Marie-Elaine Gagnon, just a distorted message from an island universe - performed at the piano by the composer, and a forthcoming performance of summoning a skeleton specter by clarinetist Thomas Piercy and pianist Claudine Hickman as part of the April 8th Composer’s Voice concert in New York City. Daniel earned a B.A. in musical arts from Northeastern State University (Tahlequah, OK), where his focus was on classical piano performance, and is now pursuing an M.M. in composition under Robert Mueller at the University of Arkansas. In addition to graduate study at UA, Daniel also teaches aural skills classes to undergraduate music students.
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