Daniel Francis Marschak (b. 1986) is an Oakland-born jazz pianist, composer, and educator. As a composer, Marschak reflects his love of both improvised music and contemporary classical music, and deals with extended harmonies and textures with an improvisatory approach. He has written works for a variety of ensembles and instrumentations, from solo percussionist to full orchestra. His 2013 composition Two Rivers was commissioned by the American Composers Orchestra, and was workshopped and performed by the La Jolla Symphony under the direction of Steven Schick in September 2013. In 2015, he co-founded the composer-performer group LA Signal Lab, with upcoming concerts across California during the 2015-2016 Season. The collective recently released its debut album “Whisper and Howl” which features Marschak’s work “Coalesce” for chamber ensemble.
Marschak holds an MA in Composition from UCLA, where his primary teachers were Paul Chihara, James Newton, Ian Krouse, Roger Bourland, and David S. Lefkowitz. He also holds dual BA’s from UCLA in Composition and Ethnomusicology (Jazz Studies) and taught and designed a yearlong music theory course at UCLA from 2012-2015. He is currently on faculty at Las Positas College in Livermore, where he teaches music theory, piano, and piano pedagogy.
As a pianist, Marschak has performed with a variety of respected musicians; including Ambrose Akinmusare, Hitomi Oba, Kalil Wilson, and Charles Altura. Marschak’s debut album Likewise was heralded as “adventurous and well developed” by Lalo Schifrin. Steering clear of conventional formats, the album explores an array of genres, instrumentations, and textures, while maintaining a unique compositional sensibility. He continues to perform with his ensembles in notable venues such as Yoshi’s, the Jazz Bakery, and the Central Avenue Jazz Festival. Notable teachers include Susan Muscarella, Mark Levine, Kenny Burrell, Tamir Hendelman, Josh Nelson, and Tom Rainier.
Marschak also maintains an interest in music for visual media. In 2011, he co-founded Well Versed Productions, a music composition/production company with notable producer and drummer Miles Senzaki. Together, they have scored many projects, including several short films and three full-length feature films.
For more information, please visit www.DanMarschak.com and www.WellVersedProductions.com
Zach Neufeld – Piano
Dan Marschak – Piano
Recorded live at UCLA’s Schoenberg Hall during the 2014 Faculty Composers Concert
This recording by the La Jolla Symphony in conjunction with the American Composers Orchestra’s Jazz Composers Orchestra Institute was conducted by Steve Schick on September 20, 2013 at University of California San Diego’s Mandeville Auditorium.
Two Rivers takes inspiration from my late Russian-Jewish grandfather Jacob, who emigrated from Russia during the Communist revolution to Germany, then to England, and ultimately to the United States.
Noah Meites: Trumpet
Hitomi Oba: Tenor Sax
Nick DePinna: Trombone
Adrianne Pope: Violin
Linnea Powell: Viola
Stephen Pfeifer: Bass
Dan Marschak: Conductor
From L.A. Signal Lab’s 2015 debut album, “Whisper and Howl”
Engineered by Miles Senzaki at Grandma’s Dojo studio.
Mixed by Nick DePinna and Noah Meites