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Danny Tunick

Brooklyn, NY   

Percussionist/conductor/composer Danny Tunick is active in the classical, rock, and jazz scenes in and around New York City. He has worked closely with many dance companies, including Karole Armitage’s Armitage Gone! Dance, Juliette Mapp (“One” and “Anna, Ikea and I” at Danspace Project, St. Mark’s Church), Tanya Calamoneri’s Company SoGoNo (“Two by Two”), and is currently working in collaboration with his wife, Action Theater performer Cassie Tunick, as “The 13th Hour of the 26th Day.” He’s also worked in the theater with directors such as Rinde Eckert Macarthur Award-winning playwright John Jesurun. He has composed the score for artist/director Jorge Columbo’s film entitled ‘Fishnet Minute.’


In the classical realm, he has performed in the premieres of works by innumerable composers, including Julia Wolfe, Annie Gosfield, Herbert Brun, Tania Leon, Arnold Dreyblatt, Charles Wuorinen, Eleanor Hovda, Glenn Branca, and Evan Ziporyn. As conductor, he has conducted works by the likes of Pierre Boulez, Charles Wuorinen, Zhou Long and ‘New-Complexitist’ James Boros.


As percussionist, he performs with the Violinist Lydia Forbes in the violin/percussion duo Entropy, which has played throughout America and the Netherlands, most recently giving a recital at Princeton University. He has performed regularly with the Elliott Sharp’s ‘Orchestra Carbon,’ Princeton Composers Ensemble, the Ne(x)tworks Ensemble, the Common Sense Composers Ensemble, the Mellits Consort, the Dan Joseph Ensemble, and the Bang On A Can Festival, as well as being a member of Bang On A Can’s Spit Orchestra. He has performed world-wide, including at Mexico’s Cervantino Festival with the New Music group Cuicani, at which he was invited to give a talk on Contemporary Percussion performance as part of the ‘Confrencias Magistrales’ lecture series. He has toured Israel as a guest of the Israel Contemporary Players, performing the Israeli premier of Iannis Xenakis’ “Okho,” and premiered music of Bun-Ching Lam at the Lincoln Center Out of Doors festival. He was resident in Berlin, where he played music to accompany the premiere of John Jesurun’s new production of “Chang in a Void Moon,” and has performed throughout Europe and Russia with the groups Barbez, Rebecca Moore’s Prevention of Blindness, and Guv’ner.


In the rock music sphere, he’s played with Merge and Flying Nun recording artists The Mad Scene, Important Records recording artist Barbez,  and Rebecca Moore’s ‘Prevention of Blindness’, whose albums appear on both the Tzadik and Knitting Factory labels. He is also a member, along with Kitty Brazelton and Dafna Naphtali, of the Digital-Chamber-Punk trio “What Is It Like to Be a Bat,” with whom he has performed as part of Newfoundland, Canada’s ‘Sound Symposium’ Festival and at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum of Design, among other venues.


Within the ‘jazzy realm’, he is a member of the Laura Andel Creative Orchestra, and has performed with Craig Harris,  Butch Morris, Elliott Sharp, the Peter Zummo Group, and Lukas Ligeti, among others.



He received his BA in Music from the University of California at Berkeley, where he studied with William Winant and was awarded the Hertz traveling fellowship and the UC Regents Eisner Prize for the Creative Arts.  He received an MM from the State University of New York at Stony Brook, studying under Raymond Des Roches.






Hated Principles, Stukas Over Bedrock, Wedge of Chastity, The Singing Nuns, Faun Fables, Guv’ner, Idiot Flesh, Ponyride, Flaming Fire, Rebecca Moore’s Prevention of Blindness, Beat the Devil, Bee and Flower, H*E*R  (Yvette Perez), Flower of Flesh and Blood, Cassis and the Sympathies, Dan Joseph Ensemble, Mellits Consort, Moe! Staiano, David First’s The Western Enisphere.