Bio

Daniel Janke is a Canadian composer, jazz pianist, and media artist.  He was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and grew up in Ontario, Canada. Early piano studies were with the Royal Conservatory of music. Daniel completed a masters degree in ethnomusicology at York University, Toronto. He studied kora with Jali Nyama Suso, and with Yan Kuba Saho, in Gambia, West Africa.

Daniel performs and records with his group WinterTrio, and is artistic director of the community-based  Problematic Orchestra.

He also works regularly with violinist Mark Fewer.

Recent music commissions include: Border Crossing [Blythewood Wind Quintet, 2018]; Snow Falls Eventually [NAC Orchestra 2017]; Small Song for Orchestra [Toronto Symphony Orchestra, 2017]; String Quartet No. 1 [Penderecki String Quartet].

Film scores by Daniel Janke include: Sovereign Soil [NFB, dir. David Curtis, 2019]; Mountain of Sgaana [NFB, dir. Chris Auchter. 2017];  Subconscious Password [NFB, dir. Chris Landreth – short-listed for a 2014 Oscar Award]; and Touch [Rebel Films, dir. Jeremy Podeswa, 2001].

Daniels work as a composer has gradually drawn him into different roles as a writer and filmmaker. His multi-media stage production The Grubstake Remix toured Canada, and recently presented at the Babylon Theatre in Berlin, Germany.  Daniels short film How People Got Fire [NFB, 2009] has received numerous awards, and has screened internationally. His most recent film release is titled Homecoming Song.

Daniel is currently working on the new opera Elixir of Isisin cooperation with La Roche D’Hys Académie des arts, France.

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