Daniel silliman writes, performs, and presents experimental music in its many forms. His work often incorporates a variety of elements including improvisation, experimental notation and tunings, and digital/electronic instruments of his own design. The work is speculative by nature, situated somewhere between performance and installation, narrative and non-narrative. Long durations, resonant harmonies, and walls of noise are often used to explore a dual notion of “space” as both an abstraction of time and as a physical entity in itself.
Recent and upcoming projects include collaborations with trombonist and composer Matt Barbier, the sax & percussion composer duo Popebama, SAKURA Cello Quintet, the New York Youth Symphony, Alarm Will Sound, violinist Clara Kim, and others. His work has been commissioned and presented by internationally-recognized festivals of contemporary music including the MATA Festival, Foro Internacional de Música Nueva Manuel Enríquez, and Mizzou International Composers Festival, at venues including Carnegie Hall, The Kitchen (NYC), Palacio de Bellas Artes (CDMX), Missouri Theatre, Tuesdays @ Monkspace, and The Stone.
In the summer of 2017, Daniel began curating performances of experimental music in its many forms at The Outhaus, a former house & beauty salon near Culver City, CA, converted into a cozy DIY venue by the Brooklyn/Los Angeles-based label Underwolf Records. Since 2015, he is also a doctoral candidate in the Department of Music at Princeton University, where he studies experimental electronic music and assists in teaching undergraduate courses in theory, computer music, and composition.
Daniel was born in upstate New York and grew up in unincorporated Harris County, Texas. He lives in New York City.