New York native Daniel Keene is a guitarist, lutenist, arranger, composer, and ensemble player.
A multi-instrumentalist, Daniel performs on an array of plucked string instruments, including the Renaissance lute, Renaissance bandora, nineteenth century guitar, modern guitar, mandolin, electric bass, and extended electric guitars. Known primarily as a chamber and consort player, he has concertized extensively in New York and throughout the United States in a variety of settings; performing regularly with lutenist Matthew Weinman, soprano Erin Heisel, The Red Door Chamber Players, The Samadi-Keene Piano & Guitar Duo, and Mazzard Effect. In addition, Daniel has performed with Long Island Baroque Ensemble, The Golden Williams Duo, The Bacheler Consort, Impetus Dance Collaborative, and Musical Amoeba. Recent performances include concerts at The Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, Opera America, Shapeshifter Lab, Adelphi University Performing Arts Center, The Vail-Leavitt Music Hall, Nassau Community College, Christ Church of Oyster Bay, Spectrum NYC, The Custer Observatory, The Staller Center for the Arts, and other venues. An avid performer of new music, Daniel has collaborated with composers all over the globe, premiering many new works.
In 2019, Daniel released "Drifting," an EP of experimental electronic music. The three-part composition tells a story of space, sea, and mind exploration through synths, voices, guitars, and live field recordings. The album is available through all of the major online digital music stores. A follow-up album is expected to be released next year.
Daniel has been on the music faculty at SUNY Nassau Community College since 2013; directing the NCC Guitar Ensemble, holding weekly masterclasses, and teaching applied guitar, beginning guitar, and music theory. He has also served on the faculty at Adelphi University where he taught guitar and was director of the Adelphi Guitar Ensemble.
Daniel began studying music at the age of nine. He studied lute and guitar with Jerry Willard and William Zito, guitar with Stephen Leonard, and worked with violinist Dr. Linda Sinanian, tenor Jonathan Goodman, and pianist Dr. Susan Sobolewski on musical interpretation. Daniel attended Stony Brook University, Adelphi University, and Nassau Community College.