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Danielle Eva Schwob

Originally from London but based in New York, Danielle Eva Schwob is a “notable cross-genre composer” (The New Yorker) and “worldly musical chameleon” (TimeOut) with “deep roots in rock music” (NY Times) who writes concert music, avant-garde pop and film scores. Her work has been featured at venues including Lincoln Center, Le Poisson Rouge and Philip Glass’s MATA Festival, earning honors and commissions from The Aaron Copland Fund for Music, Con Edison, ASCAP, ChamberMusicNY, The American Composers Forum, BMI and numerous others.

Schwob’s music is characterized by an introspective tone, expressive melodies and atmospheric sound worlds, drawing inspiration from the romantic and minimalist traditions as well as her background as a rock and electro-pop musician. Her colourful compositions have been praised for being “dark and beautiful” (Consequence of Sound), “dynamic” (Brooklyn Vegan) and “hard-edged” (NY Times) as well as broadcast on radio/TV stations across the U.S. (most notably NPR and NY1) and featured on Vimeo’s award-winning ‘Cameo’ application for iOS and Android.

 In 2015 Schwob was selected as one of six composer fellows for the Sundance Institute Composer’s Lab, held annually at George Lucas’s Skywalker Ranch. In the same year she premiered Three Self Portraits, a triptych of solo works, as part of a two-composer portrait concert with avant-garde luminary and Pulitzer Prize finalist John Zorn. Musicians and ensembles who have performed her work include American Modern Ensemble, Janus Trio, The Nouveau Classical Project, harpist Bridget Kibbey, flutist Eric Lamb and members of the NY Phil, The Knights and Alarm Will Sound.

 A versatile musician, Schwob has also worked with artists including Ben Folds, Philip Glass, David Simon (creator of The Wire) and The Pogues as well as on Hollywood soundtracks that include David Attenborough’s Conquest of the Skies, Adrien Brody’s Manhattan Night, Ilana Glazer’s How To Follow Strangers and James Schamus’ Indignation, the latter of which is under consideration for a 2016 Academy Award.

She is currently working on a new electro-rock album alongside three-time Grammy winning ‘super producer’ David Bottrill (Peter Gabriel, Muse, Tool), an album of chamber works featuring musicians including Vicky Chow (Bang on a Can) and Nathalie Joachim (Eighth Blackbird), and a commission for 2016 Metropolitan Museum Quartet-in-Residence PUBLIQuartet.

Three Self Portraits – III. Francis Bacon

This work is a cello piece that is part of a set of three solo works inspired by the self-portraits of Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon and David Hockney. It was commissioned by The American Composers Forum and premiered by Mike Nicolas at Roulette alongside the premiere of John Zorn’s Pulitzer-nominated trio ‘The Aristos.’

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Traveling North


A miniature scored for flute and vibraphone, Traveling North functions as a score to an imaginary forest at dawn, cold and misty with sunlight beginning to shimmer through the trees. It was recorded in 2016 by Nathalie Joachim of four-time Grammy-winning ensemble Eighth Blackbird and Simon Boyar, a prominent vibraphonist who has performed with Joshua Bell and Emanuel Ax.

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Three Self Portraits – I. David Hockney

This recording is the violin piece from Three Self Portraits, my aforementioned set of three solo works inspired by the self-portraits of Bacon, Freud and Hockney. The most virtuosic parts of the piece begin at 3:12. It was premiered and recorded by violinist Jennifer Choi in New York.

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NewMusicBox Articles

Articles June 11 2019 | By Danielle Eva Schwob
Structure and Freedom in Collaboration (A.k.a. The Incomplete Non-Idiot’s Guide to Workshopping with Musicians)

A.k.a. the incomplete non-idiot’s guide to workshopping with musicians

Articles May 16 2019 | By Danielle Eva Schwob
Jack of All Trades or Master of Them All? Cross-Genre Creative Gambling

In the earliest days of her career, Danielle Eva Schwob was told to specialize. She never did.

Articles May 9 2019 | By Danielle Eva Schwob
Do it right or do it right now?

In a creative project, the quest for quality development and preparation eventually meets the question of when exactly to pull the trigger. Danielle Schwob shares her experiences navigating that challenging...