BIOGRAPHY: Daniel Morel is a Kansas City-based composer who energizes his music with spectral lyricism and microtonal expression. Garnering commissions and performances across the United States, his music reflects myriad literary and natural interests. His works are permeated with the Western sensibilities of his Colorado upbringing, drawing on influences ranging from prairie thunderstorms to classic American poetry. Highlights for the 2013-14 season include commissions for the Western Michigan University Dance Department, La’Ventus Quartet, and Colorado State Music Teachers Association. Last season featured premieres with the Cherry Creek Chorale (Here Is A Land), Hartford Opera Theater (An Autumn Day), and Seasons Festival Orchestra (Wafting Mists); performances with the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra and SCI Region VI Festival; and a residency with the Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Mr. Morel has received commissions from the Colorado State Music Teachers Association, Hartt School Community Division, Cherry Creek Chorale, Denver Municipal Band, and Duo Agosto, among many others. Other featured performances include the Westfield New Music Festival, New Music Hartford, CMEA Conference, and Wintergreen Summer Music Festival. Among his awards are an Award of Distinction from the Longfellow Chorus, a Women's Education and Leadership Fund Grant, The Hartt School Community Division Composition Fellowship, a Business Development Grant for Artists from the City of Hartford, and selection on the Philharmonia Orchestra's inaugural GrooveSearch. As an advocate for contemporary music, Mr. Morel has served with a number of arts organizations, including head of productions for the Cherry Creek Chorale and director of Bucknell University’s coffeehouse music series. He currently serves as Executive Director for the Hartford Independent Chamber Orchestra (HICO) and Festival Director for the much acclaimed Women Composers Festival of Hartford, CT. Mr. Morel holds degrees from Bucknell University (BA) and The Hartt School, University of Hartford (MM, AD). He is currently in the DMA program at University of Missouri - Kansas City.
RECENT PREMIERES: January 9, 2015 Anemoi, for trumpet, flute, violin, viola, cello, and piano Cuatro Puntos Lutheran Church of St. Mark Glastonbury, CT August 19, 2014 Wanderings 2a, for flute Zoe Sorrell University of Kentucky Medical Center Lexington, KY July 12, 2014 Wanderings 1a, for flute Mary Matthews Seabury Center Bloomfield, CT Jan 30- Feb 1, 2014 Ravenfeather, Dance Music for flute, clarinet, cello, and percussion Kristen Harvey, choreography 2014 WMU Dance Winter Gala Kalamazoo, MI November 21, 2013 Elegy, for saxophone quartet La’Ventus Quartet West Hartford, CT November 8, 2013 Dove Song, for oboe and English horn Oboe Duo Agosto Boston, MA October 17, 2013 i wanted to destroy. something beautiful, for flute, oboe, guitar, cello, double bass, and percussion The Generous Ensemble Hartford New Music Festival Hartford, CT