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Daniel Schell
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Instrument(s) Guitar, Stick/Tap-guitar, Composer
Date of birth 1944
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A passionate of music and maths. Engineer from University of Brussels, then studied M.Sc in Operational Research, London School of Economics. Meanwhile, he studied guitar (with Olivier Morand), flute (with Octave Grillard) in the Academy of Ixelles and Uccle, then composition and harmony with various masters including André Vandernoot and Ronald Zollman. Indian music with Ashok Pathak, Dhruba Ghosh, Pandit Jasraj.

Daniel wrote two Operas, on texts by Amélie Nothomb, "Hygiène de l'Assassin" ( created in Brussels, 1995 then in Opera Royal de Wallonie, Febr 2000) and "Les Combustibles" (created in Paris, 1997) . "Le sabotage Amoureux", by the same author is in preparation. Opera projects include : 'Les contes de l'Arbre Roi', the myths of the forest, libretto in collaboration with Jean-Claude Servais. 'Vendredi' by Hugo Claus.

Last compositions include : 3 Brani for the Trio Harmonia, a woodwind quintet 'L'art d'assis', a piano sonata for Alessandra Garossi, vocal quintets 'Funtana', Violin Sonata 'Cecilia Affasciniata'. "Caro Trio Improvisatore for Clarinet" (created 1997 Festival "Gestes et Musique" France Musique.) "le Chant du San Serafino" for Soprano & Quintet on text by Pascale Tison (cr. Ensemble Kadeleis, 1998 Botanique), 'The travelling Musician" (created 2000, Budapest) by Brass Quintet 'Brass in the Five' under the direction of Gergely Vajda. 'Optimal Studies' for various chambre ensemble (Budapest, 2000). 'Gira Girasole'' L'art de la variation, Ensemble Karo solists Zoltan Lantos (viol), Isabella di Venosa (voc) Damiano Puliti (cello) Fête Européenne de la musique, 2001. "Oratorio Ishango" (created 2002) for the Choeur de Namur, the percussionist Chris Joris, musicians and African percussionists. , Direction Denis Menier, on texts by Lokenath Bhattacharya (Bengal), Frederic Tittinga Pacere (Burkina faso), Chirikure (Zimbabwe), Gcina Mhlope (South Afrika),...

Compositions in progress include a concerto for Sarangi and strings. Soloist: Dhuba Ghosh.

In the late 70's, he has founded the group Cos, with whom he made 5 albums and was present on the European scene. These albums (Postaeolian Train Robbery, Viva Boma) are now re-released by Musea, France. "Swiss Chalet" (EMI), "Passiones" were already small operas and were given more than hundred performances.

The instrument played by Daniel is the tap-guitar or tiptar. Daniel met Emmett Chapman in 1980, and made the first steps with him. Later he developped tools and methods to improve reading and playing. He wrote a method book "My Space, My Time", and leads the "E-Tap" "European Tap Seminar", part of the Académie d'été de Wallonie where is was joined by prominent t-g players as Frank Jolliffe, Wolfgang Daiss, K.Wagner, Jim Lampi and many others.

Since 1990, he works with his contemporary chamber Ensemble Karo, (soloists P. Narcisse, D. Descheemaeker, Jan Kuijken J.L.Plouvier, J.L.Manderlier; ...) with whom he has recorded 3 albums: "If Windows they have" and "The Secret of Bwlch" for Crammed Discs, Brussels. The latest project and CD "Gira Girasole" for Materiali Sonori, San Giovani Val d'Arno involves variations on Italian popular themes..

His personal research has brought him to combine mathematics and harmony in a personal "Carreaux" language, a kind of optimal harmonic tiling. The transformation of popular (Italian...) or antique (Gregorian, Indian ) melodic elements through this process has dominated his recent works. He has achieved several reasearch projects in various institutions as the Ircam (David Wessel). In 2000, EURO, the European Association of Operational Research has commisioned several musical works related to optimality in music. 'The travelling musician' and 'Optimal studies' were created in Budapest.

In 1991 he created, with Pierre Narcisse, the Sangit Academy of Classical Indian Music where he teaches now regularly in order to develop his "My Space, My Time" pedagogical concept. There he was joined in 1991 by Pandit Ashok Pathak with whom he studied the Indian raga system. Later on he studied the related pedagogy with Dhruba Ghosh who was to join the Academy in 1997. With this experience, Daniel wrote "Practice of indian Music". Many masters (including Pandit Jasraj, Rita Ganguli, Subroto Roy Chowdury, Ronu Majumdar, Harsh Wardan) visit now the school regularly. Daniel has accompanied Ashok Pathak, Rita Ganguli and Shaila Piplapure in concert. He plays and prepares a tabla method with Sandip Banerjee.

Musical theatre: 'L'enfoui fuit' sextet for tiptar, clarinet, cello, French Horn, synthesiser, percussion. Direction: Ken Ichi Nagakawa.

Cinema: he wrote the music for many feature films "Het Gezin Van Paemel" van Paul Cammermans-Hugo Claus- prod. Jan Van Raemdonck , "Papegaai" van Hans Hilkema, produced by Dirk Schreiner, "de Wereld van Ludovic" van Jean-Pierre De Decker. He wrote for "Ionesco" from Thierry Zeno, "Lions" by Justin Cartwright (BBC). He also wrote for short films by Carlo Binsztock, Gérard Corbiau, David Milleykowski, Patrick Morgan and many others. Always for films, he produced and arranged numerous recordings of classical operas (Verdi, Rossini, Mozart) and symphonies (Mendelsohn, Delibes...).

Dance: 1992, Avi Kaiser asked him to work for his his dance project " Le départ de Marseille" a commission of the Stadttheater Remscheid.

Associated bands:
Oratorio Ishango     

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