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Daniel Thorne

Daniel is an Australian composer and saxophonist, now based in Liverpool. He has a genuine passion for new music, particularly crossover music, and draws on elements of jazz, classical, electronic music and indie-rock in his own works.

Prior to leaving Australia, Daniel was fortunate to work with some of Australia’s leading new music ensembles as both a composer and performer. He has received commissions from the 2009 TURA New Music Festival and the Australia Council, and was Composer in Residence at the Western Australian Academy of Performing arts in 2009. As a performer he has appeared on recordings by the Mace Francis Orchestra, the Johannes Luebbers Dectet and his own quintet, Det Nopsus, and performed alongside high-profile international artists such as John Hollenbeck, Theo Bleckman, Ed Partyka, Jim Pugh and Frank Foster.

Since moving to the UK, Daniel has continued to explore his interests in contemporary classical composition, improvisation and electronic music. He was the recipient of the 2013 Dankworth Prize for Jazz Compostion, which enabled him to undertake a mentorship with the pianist Matthew Bourne. Daniel plans to use his residency at Metal to create a new music ensemble in order to perform new works by local composers, songwriters and bands, as a means of creating a dialogue between the city’s forward-thinking, pop, rock and electronic musicians and the classical community. He also hopes to explore some site-specific improvisations in some of Metal’s more resonant spaces